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Veteran’s Day remembrance

Posted on Thursday, November 7, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Veterans Day will be observed on Monday, Nov. 11 and there are a few activities planned in Louisa County that day to recognize the contributions that veterans have made to this country and its citizens.

American Legion Post 116 will hold a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on the Louisa County Courthouse Lawn, featuring guest speaker Sen. Bryce Reeves. The Veterans of Foreign Wars will host a chili and cornbread luncheon at the Post home in Mineral immediately following the ceremony.

Also this weekend, George Hollins and members of Lake Anna Rescue Inc. will host a dinner honoring veterans in the community. The event is so well received that no more reservations can be taken.  What a wonderful way to thank our veterans!

We hope to see a large crowd of local residents gathered on the lawn at the courthouse on Monday morning to honor those who have fought for our freedom and democracy.  It seems each year that the crowds get smaller and smaller and  attendees are older.

Younger folks should also be involved in honoring our veterans—in fact, there are many young veterans in our midst here in Louisa and they should also make a commitment to attend and be honored for their service in the more recent wars  and conflicts.

Many men and women from the United States have lost their lives while fighting to protect the freedoms that we have to come to expect—nay, demand.  But there are others who may not have lost their life, but who were profoundly affected as a result of their participation in battle.

Unfortunately, there are no more World War I soldiers living to share their experiences and the number of those who fought in World War II is beginning to dwindle.  As time marches on, the same will hold true for Korean War and Vietnam veterans.

It’s important to thank them now—to recognize and honor their sacrifices in the fight for our freedom. We should also pause to reflect on the sacrifices their families made, too, the mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters and brothers who lost their loved ones, or had to go it alone while they were away at war.

We should cherish our veterans and remember the gift that they have given us all—freedom.