Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Before the United States of America was formed, men and women were answering the call of duty. The Minutemen, the Green Mountain Boys, Marion’s Men and many other names stood for those who were willing to take up arms to defend their country and their liberties.
On Monday in Georgetown County and all across America, people gathered to honor the veterans of wars past and present. Other observances were held over the previous week or so.
Some men served in terrifying combat, some served behind the lines, and still others bore the brunt of the enemy’s assault on the field of battle.
And one thing that many people would do well to remember is that you may face an enemy, be rightfully scared, but still you go out and do your best to defend your country and your fellow man. That is courage.
Veteran’s Day recognizes Armistice Day in World War I. Hostilities ceased on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. Since that time 95 years ago, the federal holiday has been observed to honor all veterans who have served in our country’s armed services.
As a Veteran’s Day parade line of march traveled along Front Street in Georgetown Monday, and in other places and other towns locally and across our great land, we saw members of the Greatest Generation who fought in World War II, and others who served in Korea, Viet Nam, Kuwait, Iraq, Afghanistan and many other places.
There with them in spirit, too, were veterans of other wars when Americans of all races and all parts of the country risked “their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor” to defend freedom.
It’s a hard-fought battle that goes on across many lands and seas and in the air.
The never-ending price of liberty is eternal vigilance. Americans are an unselfish people. We have fought to secure our own liberty, and to help spread the breath of freedom around the world.
Sometimes, just knowing we have brave souls who have risked or given their lives that we may be free is enough to stiffen our own resolve.
If you are a veteran, we thank you for your service. If you are a family member of a veteran, we thank you for the gift to our country that your loved one gave to us. And if you are a fellow American, we ask that you treasure the freedom and the gift that has been bought and paid for by the blood, sweat and tears of those who have gone before.
To all of our veterans, we thank you and ask God’s blessings on you.
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