Thanks to our veterans – today, every day

Veterans Day falls on Nov. 11 each year, and it is a time that has long been set aside to thank our heroes for their service. We’d like to join all those today who are taking a moment to remember the effort put in by so many to protect and defend our nation.

Growing out of what was initially observed as Armistice Day, Veterans Day was formally established in 1954 following World War II.

Oct. 8, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower issued the first “Veterans Day Proclamation” which stated in part: “In order to insure proper and widespread observance of this anniversary, all veterans, all veterans’ organizations and the entire citizenry will wish to join hands in the common purpose.”

Let’s not forget the historic and patriotic significance of this one-day commemoration, “a celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good,” as it’s expressed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

As has been the case with so much this year, COVID-19 has hindered us in memorializing this day as we’d like. Local coordinators made the tough decision to cancel the annual parade and reception held in observance of Veterans Day. While we support their decision – especially given that so many of our veterans are among those considered more vulnerable to COVID-19 – it’s still sad to see these two traditions go on hiatus for the year.

Nevertheless, even a global pandemic can’t stop us from feeling the gratitude in our hearts and finding ways to express that gratitude to those have given so much for their country.

To all veterans, we at the Franklin County Times offer you our appreciation. Thank you for our freedom. To the families of veterans, we also thank you for your service.

Historical information copied from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs,