Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, and again, we should all remember to honor the men and women who have served and are serving in the Armed Forces.
President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day in November 1919. It later became Veterans Day in 1954 and is celebrated with parades and ceremonies in honor of all our veterans.
It is obvious citizens are proud of our veterans across the Buffalo Island area. Communities have monuments erected in honor of them. Leachville has a Veteran's Park honoring area service men and women, Caraway residents raised money to place a large Veteran's Monument in their park, Monette has a monument on main street, Lake City recently completed and dedicated their new Veterans Monuments near the museum. Manila has turned the old train depot station into a military museum honoring the men and women who have served. The Herman Davis Monument Park is a tribute to not only Mr. Davis but all who served in World War I.
I live next to the monument and I can say we have a lot of visitors who stop by to visit the small park with the large monument and the final resting place of Herman Davis.
The majority of us will never know what it is like to be in a war zone, but when our young men and women volunteer and join the military they are committing to go if and when they are needed.
At one time we had the draft and most answered the call when they were called up. It was around 1973 when the draft ended and our military became all volunteer. I can remember many people who said we would not be able to keep enough numbers for an all volunteer military. So far, our military has remained strong.
Most of the veterans I have interviewed or talked to through the years are quick to play down their hero roles and quick to give praise to their fellow servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice.
All veterans deserve our respect and our gratitude for their service. If you know a veteran, don't forget to thank him/her. We may have different views on the conflicts (past and present) but we should share the pride in our veterans and military personnel. They are some of the best we have.
Let's not forget the families of those serving. Many wives, husbands and children will spend the holidays without their loved ones who are serving out of the country.
Let's not forget to thank our veterans and their families for the sacrifices they made.
There will be recognition ceremonies throughout the area and if we have the opportunity to attend one or more it would be good way to show our appreciation.
Thanks to our veterans, we get to enjoy freedom. No doubt our country has problems but I cannot think of anywhere I would rather live.