Give local Veterans a smile, hand shake, pat on the back

 By Renee Haley

As Veterans Day approaches, we do not need to be reminded of the conflict that still rages in our world. Like other things of great value, this security to keep our country free did not come cheaply. Part of that cost has already been paid by Americans who answered the call to military duty when their country needed them. They served through many wars and peacetime earning the special distinction of being called a ‘veteran’. A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life wrote a blank check made payable to the ‘United States of America’ for an amount of up to and including their life..but there are still way too many people in this great country who do not understand that.

But another part of freedom’s cost must continue to be paid long after the guns have been silenced. This debt is owed to America’s veterans. Some need their countries help, even as our country once needed theirs; to readjust, to recover from wounds, mental and physical or to overcome hardships of age. Most need and ask NOTHING in repayment of their sacrifices.

“Take a minute to reflect, when did you last help a vet? One more second and I’ll bet you’ll see that someone in your family, someone close to your door, had once returned from war, suffering from injuries that you cannot see, needing you, needing me. It is your father, uncle and brother; it is your sister, it’s your mother..It is a person and not a file, A mother’s son-some body’s child. Take a minute to reflect-how can I help a vet?” (ljc2009 )

There is no cost to a smile that has been forgotten for awhile. A hug, a pat on the back, a handshake is not too much to ask. So as you rush throughout your day, take a minute to thank a veteran and pay tribute to them; not just this day, but any day that you can by recognizing what they have achieved and joining them in their resolve to keep America strong and free.

Please join us to honor our own local heroes by attending the following services:

There will be a memorial service in front of the Clare County Courthouse on Sunday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m.; Immediately following the public is invited to a luncheon served at the local VFW Post 1075, (across from Dairy Queen).

Keeping with a recent tradition we will be hosting a Veterans Day program at theHarrison High School on Monday, November 12th at 2:00 p.m.All veterans and public are invited and encouraged to attend. We have local speakers, HHS alumni veterans and music provided by the Harrison High School Band. Please join us in showing our students how important it is to recognize those who have served this great nation. Refreshments will be provided to the guests immediately following the program in the cafeteria.

(The Clare County Veteran’s Historical Society will be paying special tribute to our World War II veterans. If you are a WWII vet and will be in attendance, please call the Clare County Veterans office at 539-3273.