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2015-11-04 / Editorial

Resolve to honor nation’s veterans next week

Bee Editorial

Veterans Day is a way for us to remember those who have made the sacrifice of defending our country’s freedoms.

It is a day to remember the men and women who have served in the armed forces in the effort to uphold our nation’s liberties.

Veterans Day is officially commemorated at the 11th hour, on the 11th day of the 11th month.

According to historical websites, the day is the anniversary of the armistice signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I after four years of conflict.

At 5 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11, 1918, the Germans signed the armistice, an order was issued for all firing to cease and the hostilities of the First World War ended.

This day began with the laying down of arms, blowing of whistles, impromptu parades and closing of places of business. All over the globe there were many demonstrations. In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation. The last paragraph of this writing set the tone for future observances across the nation:

“This Monday is when we remember those who lived to tell their stories of battles. It’s a day when we pray and hope that those soldiers still fighting battles will one day be able to tell their tales as well. And, it’s a day to give thanks to those who are unable to tell theirs.”

Among the events to be held in recognition of Veterans Day is a ceremony at Williamsville Cemetery.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Williamsville Cemetery, 5402 Main St., members of the George F. Lamm American Legion Post 622, Amherst Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 416 and representatives of the Town of Amherst and Village of Williamsville will gather for a remembrance ceremony.

In addition to the ceremony at Williamsville Cemetery, a Veterans Day tribute and lunch will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 10, at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway, Amherst.

For more information about the event, call 636-3055. The Senior Center will be closed on Nov. 11 in observance of Veterans Day.

If there are circumstances that do not allow you to attend next week’s ceremony at Williamsville Cemetery, we urge you to at least take a minute this Veterans Day to honor and remember the past members of our armed forces.

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