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Editorial Nov. 09, 2013

It isn’t easy being green. Or blue, white, camouflage and tan.

That is why, each Nov. 11 we honor those who have served in the military.

The honor marks the day the armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, began between the Allied nations and Germany in World War I. Back then, the day was called “Armistice Day.”

After World War II, when more soldiers went away to war and more soldiers came back injured, killed or not at all, the title of the legal holiday became Veterans Day.

On Nov. 11, we honor the patriotism, love of country, willingness to serve and the sacrifices made by so many of our neighbors.

There are many ways to honor those men and women.

Visit or volunteer at a local veterans home.

Help a friend or neighbor who has served.

Visit a nearby battlefield.

Send care packages or letters to service members.

Donate to a veterans charity.

Or, you can attend a Veterans Day event. There are several in the community.

The Sheridan VA Medical Center will host its annual service beginning at 11 a.m. Monday in the VA auditorium. The American Legion will post the colors and current Past Commander Keith Davidson will give remarks.

In addition, Sheridan College will host a ceremony at the Veterans Plaza, located on the main campus. The school’s ceremony will begin at 10:45 a.m. with remarks from SC President Paul Young, who is a Navy veteran. A flag raising will begin at 11 a.m. and a list of SC veterans will be read. A moment of silence will also be observed to recognize those service members who did not reurn.

Both the SC and VA events are open to the public.

Local grade schools, too, will mark the occassion. Tongue River Middle School will feature performances from the middle school and high school bands as well as guest speaker U.S. Air Force Col. (Ret.) Jeffrey N. Renehan of Colorado Springs, Colo. All local veterans are invited to attend that event. Needless to say there are plenty of opportunities to get involved and show support for our local soldiers. The best way, though, to recognize our veterans is a simple thank you and a firm handshake or a hug.

 

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