Veterans of all branches of the United States military deserve respect and support from Americans for sacrifices made in defense of the country’s freedom. Each year, Veterans Day presents an important opportunity to do that.
This year, strong attendance at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans and great support from the community in the form of free meals for veterans indicate a strong commitment to recognize and honor men and women who have served their country.
About 250 people attended the Veterans Day ceremony at the Memorial for Veterans, where the the names of 192 local veterans who had died since last year’s ceremony were read.
More names were read during this year’s ceremony than during any of the previous five years. Although fewer World War II veterans were on the list, more who served in the Korean and Vietnam wars were added, as were more women and veterans of operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield.
The solemn ceremony offered an opportunity for attendees to reflect about family members and friends who served their country proudly.
Free meals and deals from local restaurants and organizations provided a great way to say thank you to veterans. They ranged from brunches to lunches at restaurants, retirement centers and museums.
Veterans give a lot in their service to the country. Receiving honor and respect in return is appreciated, and the right thing to do. Those who did so on Veterans Day are to be commended.