Veterans deserve our honor and respect

Annual Veterans Day program moved to Dogwood Dell

Annual Veterans Day program moved to Dogwood Dell

In contrast, about 25 million troops worldwide were killed during World War II.

While Veterans Day officially falls on Saturday this year, the holiday is being recognized today.

Similar ceremonies had occurred earlier in England and France, where an unknown soldier was buried in each nation's revered monuments.

Although World War I, also referred to as "The Great War", officially ended with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919, fighting between Germany and the Allied nations had actually ended seven months earlier on November 11, 1918 during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

For everyone, though, Veterans Day really is Saturday.

Committee members went through high school yearbooks, posted announcements at local businesses and veterans organizations to collect the names of those who served to add to the memorial.

"Armistice" no longer had validity.

Armistice Day continued to be celebrated on November 11, but the Second World War's VE Day, Victory in Europe, and VJ Day, Victory in Japan, overshadowed it.

In 1954, Congress made a decision to change the name of Armistice Day.

Today more than 109,000 military veterans reside in Manatee, Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto counties. And 16 million would serve during the second one.

In the Tri-State Area, there is hardly a community, large or small, that doesn't have family members, friends, or neighbors now in one of the branches of military service. Although military experience is just one piece of their story, for many it is a very important piece. During World War II, when Vancouver served as a staging area for soldiers embarking through Seattle, the barracks had room for more than 7,000 enlisted personnel at a time. About 9 percent of the state's residents have served in the military, a number equaled by several states but surpassed only by Alaska, Montana, Virginia and Maine.

Then, at 2 p.m., Florence Veteran's Day Parade organizers invite the community to join them in honoring the service and sacrifice of U.S. Armed Forces members and veterans during the annual Veterans Day Parade. We finished this war, and we face the future, with a realist, a man of moderate likes and dislikes, in the White House. This time, the US mobilized more than 16 million in the armed forces, 418,000 of them dying in service.

It is a group who suffered from a laundry list of physical health problems with chronic impact, ranging from malaria to the many maladies caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

Gerry Radford is the president and CEO of Tidewell Hospice. They now are getting the recognition and honor they deserve and always have deserved. It was recently named to a Veterans Affairs task force for creating a model for other hospices to achieve the best practices in veterans' end-of-life care. It is a Partner in the Vietnam War Commemoration begun by the Department of Defense, recognizing the official 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

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