This past Tuesday at the Appling County Courthouse I was honored and humbled to be a part of the Veterans Day ceremony. This ceremony was held on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. This year the gathering included more citizens than had been there in the past several years. This warmed my heart because those members of the “Greatest Generation” are leaving us at too fast a pace. And as a country, state, county and city we need to never forget their sacrifices and never quit showing our gratitude for what they did for us. Not only the veterans of World War II but all of the veterans of all of the wars and conflicts in which our country has been involved. As I stood there looking over the faces of the crowd my thoughts raced back to my school years. During those days I played in the band both in elementary and high school. Every Veterans Day we would march in the parade that commemorated the service of our veterans. There would be bands, floats, military contingents and last but surely not the least would be the veterans who march in the parade. Some with their military uniforms some with their VFW uniforms some with their American Legion uniforms, all being honored by our citizenry. The schools would turn out and all the students along with the other citizens of the county would line the streets all throughout the parade and waved American flags and cheered the veterans as they went by. The parade would terminate at the city gymnasium where there would be a gigantic barbecue complete with dignitaries. All this was done to honor our veterans.
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