Today is Veterans Day.
It is the day we set aside to honor all those who have served our nation in the armed forces.
In my hometown, we are having a parade down Main Street at 10 am. There will be speeches at the Town Gazebo and a Wreath Laying Ceremony in front of the Macon County Courthouse. Later, at noon, there will be a ceremonial unveiling of the centerpiece in the Veterans Memorial in the Macon County Veterans Memorial Park.
It is the very least we can do for those who have preserved our freedoms.
We owe you our lives, our freedom. What we do to honor you pales in comparison to what you did.
It is the soldier, not the reporter,
who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the soldier, not the poet,
who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the soldier, not the campus organizer,
who has given us the freedom to demonstrate.
It is the soldier, not the lawyer,
who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the soldier,
who salutes the flag,
who serves under the flag,
and whose coffin is draped by the flag,
who allows the protester to burn the flag.
By Father Dennis Edward O'Brien, USMC