Veterans Day: ‘When America recognizes its veterans’

Veterans and their families filled the atrium of Ray County Courthouse Saturday morning to honor veterans. The standing room only crowd placed a hand over their hearts as the Pledge of Allegiance was recited at the beginning of the ceremony. (Photo by Liz Johnson/Richmond News)

By Liz Johnson, Staff Writer

Gratitude, respect and a place of honor was the theme of Saturday’s Veterans Day service at Ray County Courthouse.

The service opened with Chaplain Ed Hughes offering a prayer to bless veterans for their unselfish service.

“We respect them – we honor them,” he said.

Mark Foley, commander of the Griffith-Skiles American Legion Post 237, opened the celebration to a standing room only crowd inside the atrium of Ray County Courthouse.

Foley reminded guests that the reason Veterans Day is Nov. 11 is because of World War I. The war ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day in the 11th month when the armistice was signed in 1918 he said.

“It was the war to end all wars,” Foley said. “That’s why we celebrate on this day.”

The complete story is in the Tuesday, November 14, 2017 Richmond News.

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