Memorial and Veterans days are two very special holidays for most veterans.
On Memorial Day we remember all who have served our country and are no longer with us, while paying special homage to those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
On Veterans Day we commemorate all who have worn the uniform — past or present and in war or in peace.
The parades on these holidays are a thing of the past and almost all gone. The majority of the civilian public merely views this holiday as an earned day off, the problem being they did not earn it; the Vets did and this is our chance to show them we appreciate it. But, we concern ourselves with kicking back, barbequing and partying.
The local American Legion has a very solemn ceremony at the Post on these holidays. The Vets are in full dress, they raise the colors and you can feel the price and love of Country. However, for all their preparation, there is a very small crowd in attendance and paying their respects is not high on the days' priority list. The Legion parking lot should be filled to overflowing on those days but we have become quite jaded when it comes to honoring vets.
There would be no U.S. of A were it not for the sacrifices made by our Vets, some paid with their lives, some scarred physically and some scarred emotionally. The civilian public should be ashamed. Giving up one hour of your time to honor Vets is not too much to ask.