To the editor:
November is universally recognized as having two very important days. Many of us think of Thanksgiving, which is a very important day because it reflects on the history of this great nation. An earlier date in November which is also very important is Nov. 11 - Veterans Day. It is one day set aside to honor the veterans of all wars in which this country, the United States of America, has participated in.
As a veteran of World War II, I can remember in years past the recognition of Veterans Day, particularly at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, was a very solemn occasion. School assemblies and public gatherings joined in at 11 a.m. for a period of prayer and give thanks to those who made the supreme sacrifice to protect our freedom. Flags would be flying up and down the streets, on buildings and homes. I am proud to see flags flying. Too often the recognition of Veterans Day is one of "holiday" without reflection of the past and present wars.
Those who recognize the meaning of the day are those who have served their country, their loved ones and the many widows and parents who have experienced the periods of hostility that historically have made the U.S.A. so great and powerful.
We have a great deal to be thankful for during November. We have food, shelter, open discussions, freedom to vote, rights and privileges, and yes, we are the utopia of the world.
Can we take time during the month of November to reflect on history, recognize our human privileges and rights, and at the same time have a short prayer for those, who through their sacrifices, help make it all possible? We still have many veterans missing in action or POW/MIA who we must support until the last one is accounted for.
Please join me at St. Edmond High School auditorium, 501 N. 22nd St., at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, to honor our veterans with a wonderful program that will include the great music from the St. Edmond band and choir. We are blessed to have dedicated people of our community to make this day so wonderful in remembrance.