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Individual honor

Some very interesting observations were made this past weekend during the various Veterans Day observances around the area.


One in particular caught my attention during the annual Veterans Day program at Halifax County High School where guest speaker Dr. Merle Herndon asked students with family members who have or are serving in the Armed Forces to stand up.

Many stood, some with hesitation in recognition of veterans, past and present, but there are multitudes in our midst every day we need to recognize.

I’ve read where those of the “Greatest Generation” put life lessons learned while at war to work upon their return, including commitment to a common goal and teamwork, using them to build the best nation on earth, in my opinion.

My late father was a military policeman in the U.S. Army, serving stateside in World War II, and I still have various photos to remind me of his service.

My Aunt Ruth served in the military during World War II, as  did my Uncle George, and Uncle Dennis served in the U.S. Navy as well.

Those are just a few of my family members who potentially  put themselves in harm’s way to serve their country, and our present-day servicemen and servicewomen are no different.

It’s not just about “being cool” or “keeping it real,” it’s the right thing to do.

Next time you see a veteran or serviceman or service woman, young or old, give them a nod and smile and say, “Thank you.”

Official 2013 flag-flying days, some obvious, others not so obvious...

Jan. 1: New Year’s Day

Jan. 21: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Feb. 12: Lincoln’s Birthday

Feb. 18: Washington’s Birthday

May 12: Mother’s Day

May 18: Armed Forces Day

May 27: Memorial Day

June 14: Flag Day

June 16: Father’s Day

July 4: Independence Day

Sept. 2: Labor Day

Sept. 11: Patriot Day

Oct. 14: Columbus Day

Nov. 5: Election Day

Nov. 11: Veteran’s Day

Nov. 28: Thanksgiving Day

Dec. 7: Pearl Harbor Day

Dec. 25: Christmas Day