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COLUMN: Veterans are worthy of honor

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By Theresa Howard

Originally Remembrance Day was set aside to remember and honor those who gave their lives in the wars of 1914-18 and 1939-45, but today we remember those who fought and died in all wars.
Remembrance Day originated on Nov. 11, 1918, at 11 a.m. (the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month) when peace was declared to end the hostilities of World War I. The next year, three minutes of silence was observed throughout the contending countries to remember those who lost their lives. In 1920 an unknown soldier was buried with full military honors at the Arc de Triomphe, Westminster Abbey and the Arlington Cemetery in Washington DC. Since this day, each year at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, there is a two-minute silence and wreaths are laid at war memorials.
Poppies are a common symbol of Remembrance Day. They symbolize the hundreds of poppies that flowered after the battle on Flanders Field and help us remember those who gave their all for their country.
Another way to remember, honor and celebrate the men and women who fight for our country is to reminisce and discuss why this day is special. Do you have relatives or friends in the forces? Are they comfortable talking to you about their experiences? Where were they stationed?
What do they recall of those times at home or in the forces? Do they have any medals or wartime memorabilia (ration books, recipe books, postcards from abroad, uniforms) that they might be willing to share? Story-telling and sharing is a powerful method for honoring and celebrating those who served our country.
One way you can help military in our area is through Operation Resilient Warrior. They are accepting donations for the Wounded Warrior Angel Tree. This will help fill stockings for wounded soldiers and make sure that their children have a wonderful holiday as well. There are 350 soldiers to provide for and dozens of kids. If you would like to know more about how you can help call 270-312-4511 or go to www.operationresilientwarrior.org. All donations will go to support wounded soldiers at Fort Knox.