Column: Veterans Day November 11th

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It is that time of year again that we thank the amazing men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation. Sunday, Nov. 11 marks Veterans Day in America.

President Woodrow Wilson first proclaimed Veterans Day (then known as Armistice Day) for November 11, 1919. In proclaiming the holiday, he said:

“To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the countrys service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

In that tradition I ask that all the residents of the 22nd Senate District take a moment this weekend and think about all the men and women that you know or have known that served this great country and think about how much they have affected your life and the lives of countless other Americans over the years.
I would also like to draw particular attention to a few Veteran’s Day events that will be taking place around our district.

•    The Brighton VFW Post 4357 and the American Legion will be holding a Veterans Day ceremony at 1p.m. Sunday at the American Spirit Centre, 10590 E. Grand River, Brighton. For more information, please call 810-229-9088.

•    There will be a Veterans Day Ceremony, Sunday at 11a.m. at Livingston County Courthouse in downtown Howell. There will be speakers and a salute by the Marine Corps.

•    There will also be a Veterans luncheon at the Howell American Legion immediately following the Veterans Day Salute at the Livingston County Court House on Sunday. American Legion Auxiliary will host the luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. It is free to all Veterans. The post is located at M59 and Grand River, Howell. For more information, call 517-546-2534.

Times like these express the need for all American citizens to pull together and thank those brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our great nation. I hope that you and your loved ones have the opportunity to thank a veteran this weekend.