Friday is Veterans Day and there will be ceremonies, parades and special gatherings throughout our country to honor our service men and women who have served us well.
Veteran's Day was originally known as Armistice Day. It was set in recognition of the day fighting ceased in World War I, Nov. 11, 1918.
I am a little partial when it comes to veterans. Like so many others, I have family members who are veterans including my husband, son, son-in-law, brother, sister, brother-in-law, nephews, uncles and cousins. I am proud to say my family served our country through the years.
I am always pleased to see veterans honored.
Leachville has a small, beautiful park in the downtown area honoring area veterans; Caraway has placed monuments in the park area in front of city hall honoring veterans. Monette is working on a veterans park in the downtown area which should be ready in the near future. Manila has the Herman Davis Park/monument honoring a World War I hero.
We can be proud that our country has never had a shortage of men and women willing to serve.
We hear stories about people giving up first class airplane seats to military men or women traveling; or strangers offering thanks to veterans when they notice them wearing veteran caps. It is good we do not forget their sacrifices.
We should remember those men and women who left their homes to serve so we can enjoy the freedoms we sometimes take for granted.
Some gave their all and many suffered life changing injuries. All veterans deserve our appreciation.
When we see veterans we should let them know how much we appreciate their service, not just on Veterans Day but every day throughout the year.
I am sure many people are like me and had mixed emotions when our children told us their plans to enter the military. It is not easy letting them go because there is always a chance they will be in harms way. We try to protect them all of their lives and then one day it is out of our hands. On the other hand, there is a sense of pride we have for our sons and daughters for making the decision to serve.
If you get a chance to attend one of the Veterans Day ceremonies it would be good to go and let our veterans know we appreciate them for their service.
Let's never forget to honor our veterans and take time to appreciate the men and women who are serving in our armed forces.
I write this same message every year at the same time, but I truly feel it is a message worth repeating year after, month after month and even day after day.