Editorial: Veterans Day events deserve our support

This Veterans Day weekend you can act on showing support for our veterans by attending special events that showcase those who have honorably served our country.

On Saturday, downtown Dalton will turn into a parade ground as the annual Veterans Day Parade gets underway at 10 a.m. The route starts near First Baptist Church of Dalton at Waugh Street and goes to Hamilton Street to Morris Street to Thornton Avenue and back to Waugh.

The parade, with American Legion Post 112 in Dalton as a sponsor, is to "show respect to all veterans," said Lee Oliver, post commander.

"Veterans Day honors everyone, dead or alive, who has served our country in war or peace — although it is largely intended to thank living veterans for their sacrifices," Oliver said in a recent story in this newspaper.

The grand marshal this year is Patty Parks of Chattanooga. She is the national president of Military Women Across the Nation and is a retired commander with the U.S. Navy, having served 25 years. After the parade there will be a service at Post 112 where there will be a speaker and recognition of this year’s Veteran of the Year. A light lunch will be served.

Across the river in Chatsworth, another Veterans Day observance is planned at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park at 651 Hyden-Tyler Road.

The Murray County Sheriff's Honor Guard will perform their drills, plus there will be musical performances, ticket drawings and food and drinks available.

It's unfortunate that these two related events overlap. No doubt there are spectators and veterans who would like to attend or participate in both events.

Veterans Day is actually observed Monday, which for too many simply means no mail, no banking or a day off from work. But what it really represents is the 101st anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

On Saturday the community has an opportunity to come together and cheer on our marching veterans, plus show thanks to the bands and other participants who are taking time to make the parade something special.

We urge you to come out and show veterans your appreciation on Saturday by lining the parade route with all the flag-waving, patriotic pride that this community can offer.

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