Honor our veterans

Take time Saturday to pay homage to those who have served our county

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free. “

— Congressman Dan Lipinski (D-Illinois)

Edgar County will pause at 11 a.m. Saturday morning in Chrisman, Paris and Hume, to honor those living and dead who served our country in the military.

Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress passed a resolution in 1926 for an annual observance, and Nov. 11 became a national holiday beginning in 1938. Unlike Memorial Day, Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans but especially gives thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during war or peacetime.

World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” - officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of the war to end all wars.

The military men and women who serve and protect the U.S. come from all walks of life. They are parents, children, grandparents, friends, neighbors and coworkers and are an important part of their communities. What we can say — every day and not just on Veterans Day — “thank you for your service.”

While those who died are also remembered, Veterans Day is specifically the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military — in wartime or peacetime, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

It explains the holiday, “is largely intended to thank living veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who served — not only those who died — have sacrificed and done their duty.”

Paying proper homage when one is due is a noble and heartfelt gesture. We can think of no better way to honor our veterans, past and present, than by attending an Edgar County Veterans Day observance.

Nothing can compare when one thinks of the sheer sacrifices made by our veterans and the heavy toll on their families, and some of whom call our county home.

Many of our veterans carry the burden, and torment, of the effects of war, and will for the rest of their lives. We enjoy our freedoms — free press and speech key among them — because of our veterans.

Fortunately we’re in a county that is quick to acknowledge, embrace and support our veterans. Frankly speaking, it’s the Edgar County way.

The Prairie Press

101 Central Avenue Paris, IL 61944