November is a slow time here in the Olympic Region as everyone gears up for the winter season, but there is a special day on November 11 that honors our nation’s veterans of military service. These individuals have placed themselves in harm’s way to serve our country and they deserve a day of recognition.
What is now Veterans Day was originally a commemoration of the armistice that ended World War I on that date in 1918. It was renamed from Armistice Day to Veteran's Day in 1954, honoring both fallen and living military servicemen and servicewomen.
The difference between Veterans Day in November and Memorial Day in May is that this holiday honors ALL those in the military, both alive and dead, compared to the May holiday, which is a tribute to those killed in the service of our nation.
Please take a moment of your time on November 11 to honor veterans, either by lining Main Street for the parade or attending one or more of the flag ceremonies in the area. The veterans, and their families, will certainly appreciate your show of support.
The parade down Main Street in Lake Placid will begin at 11 a.m. and end at the American Legion during which time flag ceremonies will take place. Specific times for each flag ceremony, and a Veterans Day ceremony taking place in Keene Valley are listed in a story on this week’s front page.
Also remember, attending does not mean that you support any of the military operations our country is involved in — it simply shows that you support those who serve to protect our nation. Most of these men and women have spent countless hours in training and dedicated their lives to serve our country.
The least we can do is show that we appreciate their efforts.