Editorial: Saluting those who served

Uvaldeans have always been proud of their veterans, and tomorrow’s observation of Veterans Day lends more solid evidence to that fact.

Continuing a long-standing tradition, American Legion Post 479 and their Ladies Auxiliary Unit will host a ceremony tomorrow at 11 a.m. The event will take place at the Uvalde County Event Center at the Fairplex just west of the city. The keynote speaker will be retired U.S. Army veteran Roy Angermiller.

Before that colorful celebration begins, veterans will be treated to a unique breakfast at the Uvalde Classical Academy. “Hotcakes for Heroes” will kickoff at 7:30 a.m. We cannot think of a more fitting way to begin what promises to be a chilly and eventful day.

Students in the Uvalde Consolidated Independent School District will also get in on the act when Anthon, Dalton and Robb Elementary throw their own celebrations.

Anthon will observe a flag raising at 8 a.m. and all family members who are veterans are invited to attend and enjoy refreshments afterwards. Students at Dalton are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue for their 9:30 a.m. ceremony.

“The Robb family would like to thank our men and women in uniform, past, present and future. To all veterans, we thank you for bravely doing what you’re called to do so we can safely do what we are free to do,” reads an entry in today’s school news announcing a service to honor all military service members.

No doubt there are other celebrations that we may not have heard of and then there are the ongoing kindnesses that our citizens offer to our veterans, not just on Veterans Day but throughout the year.

This is as it should be because there are thousands of veterans who by reason of physical or emotional wounds incurred while serving this nation need our support each and every day. They put their lives on the line for us, and the least we can do is to repay them with the best health care our money can buy.

Join us tomorrow as we stand up for those who have served our nation in good times and in the most trying of times.



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