Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Salute to Veterans 2009

Whether you call it Armistice Day, Remembrance Day, or Veterans Day, November 11th is a day set aside originally by all English speaking countries to mark the end of the Great War and, now, to honor all veterans who have served their countries with honor.

Here in the Shoals, ceremonies began as early as last Sunday. Today and tomorrow will be celebrated by parades: Russellville today at 4:00 p.m. and tomorrow in Tuscumbia and Lawrenceburg at 11:00 a.m. The traditional eleven o'clock hour will also mark the annual tribute held at the University of North Alabama in the World War I Amphitheatre.

If you know a veteran, be sure to thank him or her for service to this country and to each of us. Tomorrow is a particularly ironic holiday for the United States due to the timing of the Ft. Hood shootings. Even at peaceful settings on our own soil, members of the military give their lives to preserve our freedom.

Veterans we honored last year: Veterans Day 2008