Saturday, Nov. 11, 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.
I am a little partial when it comes to veterans. I have many 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 because they deserve only our respect and our gratitude for their willingness to serve.
Leachville has a small, beautiful park in the downtown area honoring area veterans; Caraway has added an addition monument, along with the one they placed a few years ago, with additional names of veterans; Monette's monument is a great tribute to area veterans; Manila has the Herman Davis Park/monument honoring a World War I hero. I am sure all of the other towns in the area have different type tributes to their local veterans. We have never had a shortage in our area 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.
When my husband has his Vietnam veteran's cap on, people stop and thank him for his service. It seems it took a long time for people to appreciate our veterans from Vietnam but it is never too late to make something right.
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 our country.
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.
I am one of those people who think we should always honor the American Flag. It is a symbol of our great country and honors the men and women who died fighting to keep us free.