Our veterans deserve honor every day

On Sunday, thousands gathered in downtown Lebanon to celebrate our local veterans during two ceremonies. The first was the city’s annual parade, and a second event, the Fallen Soldiers March, rounded out the day’s activities.
Nov 14, 2012
 Photo: Cory Schuren • The Lebanon Democrat

Marchers from four different groups gather at the Lebanon Square on Sunday after each marching 30 miles. Lebanon firefighters showed their support with a large flag flying high from one of the department’s fire engines.

On Sunday, thousands gathered in downtown Lebanon to celebrate our local veterans during two ceremonies. The first was the city’s annual parade, and a second event, the Fallen Soldiers March, rounded out the day’s activities.
Veterans gathered at Mt. Juliet Christian School on Monday to receive honor and hear hits from country music star Darryl Worley. Students from across Wilson County paid tribute to veterans both last week and this week with posters, drawings, pictures, essays and more.
And while these efforts are quite deserving of our veterans, honoring those who have served and continue to serve our country and keep us free should be a daily goal to fully offer our thanks.
Where businesses offered specials for veterans last week and especially on Sunday, shouldn’t that be readily available every day? Shouldn’t discussions centered around all the sacrifices our veterans have made for us be a part of everyday conversation?
Our veterans have given so much to allow us the luxuries we take for granted these days, such as freedom of speech, the right to vote and even the opportunity to print the content included in this newspaper.
We, as Americans, have so much we owe the patriots of American history who have fought and given their lives for everything we have today. Even today, soldiers continue to fight and give their lives for all of us. We cannot afford to take that for granted.
Even though it’s no longer Veterans Day, that doesn’t mean we can’t and shouldn’t celebrate our veterans. We urge everyone to seek out and salute a veteran today and every day. Give them a hug, tell them how much you appreciate them and proudly give them a salute.
For all veterans have done, it’s our duty to return the favor, however large or small that might be.

 

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