Veterans deserve our honor and respect

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 Nicole Erwin WKMS

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Memorial Day (the fourth Monday in May) honors American servicemembers who died in service to their country or as a result of injuries incurred during battle, while Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans-living or dead-but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

Salinans gathered on an overcast, damp Saturday morning at the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month to honor all veterans. With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.

Anyone with information on veterans who served from the area is asked to send information to California PA Vietnam War Honor Roll, P.O. Box 605, California, PA 15419.

Since Saturdays are a regular work day for the U-S Post Office, tomorrow will be its holiday with no mail delivery.

That reason was first expressed by President Woodrow Wilson when he proclaimed the first of what was called Armistice Day on November 11, 1919: "To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with lots of pride in the heroism of those who died in the country's service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations". "The kids are here, the Flash of Crimson [band] always does a super job, so it was fantastic, and it is always gratifying as a veteran, to think, 'I wonder if anyone remembers the sacrifices of these guys'".

Retired Navy Captain Martin Lindenmayer, commander of Post 153, will serve as host for the ceremony, which will include an invocation from Monsignor Vitorio Guerrera of Saint Kateri Tekawitha Parish, followed by a short presentation about Veterans Day, a seven gun salute and taps.

Help by supporting local veterans organizations, which provide tremendous support for and advocacy on behalf of veterans. A war that had required the greatest mobilization of soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen in the Nation's history. Our support and appreciation for our veterans needs to extend beyond the weekend's observances.

On June 4, 1926, Congress passed a resolution that the "recurring anniversary of [November 11, 1918] should be commemorated with thanksgiving and prayer and exercises created to perpetuate peace through good will and mutual understanding between nations", and that the president should issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of Armistice Day. So far, 73 names have been collected of those who served in Vietnam, and another 35 veterans who served in support services during the war. They'll be enjoying the spectacle or taking part in the parade itself.

The 9th Annual Gordon-Rushville High School Veterans Day Program is also today, 1:30 in the high school gym in Gordon with the public invited to attend.

A visit to the Fallon County Veterans Memorial in the city park is another way to acknowledge Veterans Day.

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