By Suellen Reitz
American Legion Writer
This year has been fraught with lengthy postponements and cancellations due to the pandemic across our nation and in our own community. Its presence has affected us all. However, there are some things that should not be dismissed or forgotten…and that includes honoring our veterans.
With over 3,000 veterans living in Pickens County, Veterans Day has always been a special day of recognition for all who have served or are currently serving in the United States of America military. This tradition of honoring our men and women in uniform continues with modifications to ensure the safety of our veterans and supporting citizens who wish to attend this year’s celebration.
American Legion Post 149 along with the Marine Corps League, Disabled American Veterans, Daughters of the American Revolution, American Legion Riders, Sons of American Legion, and Pickens County Veterans Memorial members will
participate in a special ceremony to honor all Veterans on November 11 at 10 a.m. at the Pickens County Memorial Park, located across from the Pickens Chamber of Commerce building off Veterans Memorial Blvd.
Included in the ceremony will be a wreath laying, rifle salute and taps, prayer, and brief comments from leaders of our local veteran organizations. The key note speaker will be Col., (retired) Bob Reitz. A recent inductee into the U.S. Army Ranger Hall of Fame, Reitz will speak to those present about why we should honor our veterans and what this day means to him.
Everyone present will also be asked to recite the Military Oath of Enlistment. This oath is sworn by every new recruit as they declare their allegiance to serve our great country. Hearing and repeating those words provides participants with an opportunity to remember or perhaps for the first time, realize the commitment our veterans and current military members make to protect and defend this great nation of ours and all of us privileged to call America home.
Come join us this Veterans Day, November 11 at 10 a.m. in front of the Pickens County Veterans Memorial to recognize and give thanks to all who have served and currently serve. Social distance spacing guidelines will be adhered to and masks will be available for those who do not have one.
For those among us who are most vulnerable to the virus, we suggest you stay safe at home and pause for a moment of silence at 10 a.m. to honor our servicemen and women.
Look for special Veterans Day coverage in upcoming editions of the Progress.