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We can’t do enough to honor our veterans

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the Armistice ending World War I was signed.

In 1938, legislation was passed declaring Nov. 11 as Armistice Day; this new legal holiday was set aside to honor those Americans who fought in World War I.

By 1954 (after American involvement in both World War II and the Korean War), President Eisenhower changed the name to Veterans Day — thus honoring all living Veterans who served our country.

As we reflect upon the many blessings and privileges we have, here in America, it is essential to recognize the efforts and service of our veterans.

The brave men and women who served our country put their own safety and well-being aside, in order to protect our liberty and freedom.

It is important that we do not forget their sacrifices.

On Saturday, Nov. 2, the Legion family of Richland American Legion Post 849 was privileged to host a luncheon and social, honoring veterans from the Hollidaysburg Veterans Home.

After initially being told that the home would not be sending residents to our event, we were gratified to find that their administration had a change of heart, regarding the luncheon.

The veterans enjoyed a delicious meal, music, fellowship and a chance to speak as living historians.

For veterans who reside within the confines of the home, it is critically important that they are given the opportunity to socialize and share their stories with those who may not otherwise realize the significance of their sacrifices.

The smiles and thanks from the veterans indicated that the day was a success for all. It is our sincere hope that future events, such as this, can continue to honor our veterans in the manner they so richly deserve.

Nancy Gilbert

Johnstown

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