This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and …
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This issue of Reflections honors our military veterans. Nov. 11 marks a time when all Americans pay tribute to our veterans both living and dead. We take this opportunity to let each one know how deeply we appreciate their service and sacrifice.
Veterans Day commemorates the end of hostilities of the "Great War (World War I) at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, then known as Armistice Day. Twelve years later, it was declared a national holiday. Congressman Edward Rees of Kansas introduced legislation changing the name from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1947, thus paying tribute to all Americans who served in all wars. In 1954, President Eisenhower signed a bill to officially proclaim Nov. 11 as Veterans Day. Congress would pass legislation to move Veterans Day to the forth Monday in October; however, the date was later returned to Nov. 11 in 1978. This special day is often celebrated with parades, band concerts and fireworks displays." This year Sumter will feature a Veterans Parade to be held downtown beginning at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 11.
The Veterans Display, on Harvin Street in the Clyburn Intermodal Transportation Center building, will open at 2 p.m. on Nov. 11 for public viewing. The military display is open on each Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and on Sundays from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. There is no charge for admission, and special visitations can be arranged upon request. The display features thousands of veterans' photos, approximately 6,000 articles of memorabilia and displays 100 uniforms from every branch of service.
You do not have to be a Sumter native to be included in the display, nor have had combat experience. No original photo will be kept as copies are made and returned by the curator. For information concerning the display, please call Sammy Way at (803) 774-1294 or (803) 469-7827.
Thank you Soldiers
By Michael and Angela Souders
When I lay my head down every night and go to sleep in peace,
I can stay there knowing all is well while you're standing on your feet.
Keeping watch, protecting shore to shore in the air and oceans, too.
Defending freedom at all cost for the red, white and the blue.
Thank you, oh thank you, men and women, brave and strong,
To those who served so gallantly, we sing this grateful song.
To the soldiers who have traveled on to countries far and near
In peace and war you paid the price for the cause you hold so dear
That we may wake each morning bright and know that freedom rings
Because of your great sacrifice your country joins to sing.
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