OUR COUNTY

Let’s make Saturday a special Veterans Day

Commentary

D. Gary Davis Bradley County Mayor
Posted 11/7/17

Veterans Day is Saturday.

This day that is set aside as a special one is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a day in which we celebrate all United States military veterans. …

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OUR COUNTY

Let’s make Saturday a special Veterans Day

Commentary

Posted

Veterans Day is Saturday.

This day that is set aside as a special one is not to be confused with Memorial Day. Veterans Day is a day in which we celebrate all United States military veterans. Memorial Day is a day of remembrance of the men and women who gave their lives and those who perished while in service to our great country.

While it is easy to understand why some may get the meaning of these two special days confused, may we never forget that without God’s grace and our military’s protection we would not have the many rights that are given in this nation.

While most citizens appreciate them, there are some that tend to take for granted that they will always have the liberty to impugn the very ones who helped to give them their rights.

This year’s ceremony will be held at the usual 11 o’clock, but at a different location. Please travel approximately two blocks east from the Bradley County Courthouse and you will arrive at First Street Park, which is immediately east of the First Street and Church Street intersection. This location will allow for the anticipated crowds to assemble without interference from the ongoing repair work at the Bradley County Courthouse.

It is important to remember that respect and honor should always be given to those who are deserving.

Military service is currently voluntary. This means that those who serve have chosen this path of service. This has not always been the case, as many previous generations had this path chosen for them.

There are benefits of both, and this is beyond my weekly column’s scope to discuss, but it is safe to say that without our brave men and women’s service to their country and self, we would not have the ability to enjoy our current blessings and abilities.

I know that paying respect is something that cannot be legislated, and that some find it fashionable recently to avoid. But I also know that for as long as I have time on this earth, I will give thanks and also show respect to and for those who have helped give me, my family, our community and our nation freedom and liberty.

I am asking those who are able, and may have the time, to join with me and the many others who will be attending our community’s Veterans Day ceremony to say thank you to our local veterans.

This year we may be at a different location, but may our time of honoring and paying respect be always present.

If you cannot attend the local ceremony, please try and find a veteran, shake his or her hand, look that veteran in the eye and say “Thank you!” In doing so you will let them know that their service was, is, and always will be appreciated.

Thankfulness is yet another reason that Bradley County is Tennessee at its best! 

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