What’s LeftNov 12th, 2009 | By admin | Category: Opinion
Today (Wednesday) is Veterans Day. I attended, as I always do, the ceremony held here in Beebe at 11 a.m. at the Beebe Veterans Monument. There were about 50 people there - which is about average. It truly amazes me that we - as a community and as a nation - cannot spare 30-minutes to 1 hr. out of our busy lives to honor our veterans who have pledged to give everything - and often do - to preserve and protect our freedoms. I cannot comprehend what thought process would allow you to not attend something honoring those who have given so much for you? I suppose it is not a thought process but lack thereof that is the problem. I am not trying to get on anyone’s case - but really? Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies should be standing-room only, traffic jams, get there early, stay late affairs. It just shouldn’t be a lack-luster, sparsly attended event. Come on, people! Let’s show these veterans that we do appreciate what they do by “showing up.” I know several veterans that don’t go to those ceremonies and I understand - because they have explained it to me - why they choose not to attend. And that is fine. If you are a veteran and you’ve served your time - you don’t have to come out to honor other veterans. You’ve already done that. But those of us who have not served in the military, we have no excuse. Today especially, the weather was great for a November day, and there should really have been standing room only. The school should have their own ceremony on the football field with the ROTC. It should be something we all want to do. Don’t you like to thank people who do something for you? Well, if someone saved your life - you would want to thank that person - over and over. And that is just what all these veterans have done. They have saved your life - your way of life and that of your children and grandchildren. Let’s try to do better on this next holiday - Memorial Day.
As for me, when I am at one of those ceremonies, I think about all the different wars and conflicts and what the soldiers must have gone through. It is a touching ceremony for me. Thank you veterans for your service!
Now plan on being at the Memorial Day service. You’ll be glad you did.
Go to your happy place.
See you next week!