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Thank you, Veterans

Veterans Parade, Jasper, Ga.

 Saturday at 10 a.m.

            Thank you to our many Pickens County veterans – To those who gave their lives serving in war and to those who served but came home after facing unimaginable horrors and to those who served with hard work for their country in peacetime – all the embodiment of service.

            On this Veterans Day 2023 and every day, we wish to extend our most heartfelt thanks to you and your families.

            Veterans Day pays tribute to all American veterans – living or dead. It was created specifically to give thanks to living veterans who served their country honorably during both war and peacetime. Memorial Day, which falls on the last Monday in May, honors the men and women who died while serving in the military.

            A Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns and a Parade of Colors.

            Right here in Pickens County our very own American Legion Post 149 will hold a Veterans Day Parade to honor hometown veterans. The parade begins this Saturday at 10 a.m. and will flow down Main Street.

            Our military men and women come from all walks of life; they are parents, children, grandparents, friends, and neighbors. Pickens is home to a particularly high number of retirees who have served our nation and now call this county home.

            Our veterans deserve respect and to be treated as the heroes they are. They are offered free lunches and their own group puts on a parade, ending at our Veterans Memorial Park. All that sets the stage.

            But what we need is a solid crowd to turn out to make the preparations worthwhile.

            This year Veterans Day falls on a Saturday, a big fall Saturday with a UGA game and other special events in our region, great weather expected and a lot of people ready to get out after being tied down at local festivals which have just ended. All this means our Veterans Day parade could be overlooked by local families planning their weekend.

            Let’s hope not. If you are around Saturday come downtown and have breakfast, buy coffee and show some respect to local community members who deserve it. And if you have kids bring them to see some patriots/heroes as opposed to the celebrities that draw most of our nation’s attention.

             The next time we exercise the freedom of speech, to vote, to move freely about our country, to protect our families and gather in our houses of worship, we should thank a veteran.

            If you know of veterans living in your neighborhood, teaching in our schools, working alongside us in offices, or serving in local elected positions, take time this week to say thank you.      

            Please take a moment to look at the veterans’ names we have listed on pages 5, 6 and 7A. When you see these men and women around town, please make sure and say thank you for all they have done for us to make our country the wonderful place it is.

            And this Veterans Day Saturday, November 11th at 10 a.m. show up for them at  the Veterans Day parade sponsored by American Legion Pickens Post 149. The parade begins promptly at 10 a.m. on Main Street and can be watched there before the ceremony at the Veterans Park.

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