The Tribune Democrat, Johnstown, PA


November 11, 2013

Thank a veteran | Simple gesture will go a long way

JOHNSTOWN — There will be events across the region today honoring the men and women who so bravely served our country.

We will provide them with free meals, salute them in parades and honor them with ceremonies as we mark Veterans Day. They deserve all that and so much more.

Thanking a veteran for his or her service is something we all should do more frequently. It’s easy. It’s free. And it’s the right thing to do.

Parents, teach your children to honor the veterans who have paved the way for all of the freedoms that they enjoy today. The younger generation needs to understand the great gift that it has been given. And the older generations deserve to know that their sacrifices were not made in vain.

A simple gesture can mean so much, as Ed Wojnaroski, chairman of the Conemaugh Valley Veterans, told our Kelly Urban last week at East Side Elementary School, where veterans of all ages were honored with a breakfast.

“Nothing grabs you more than seeing kids thanking veterans for their service; it’s an overwhelming and emotional experience,” Wojnaroski said.

We hope that all of our veterans get to experience such a moment today and that it continues to happen throughout the year.

Did you know?

World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919. But, fighting had ceased seven months earlier when an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations went into effect on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. Thus, Veterans Day is celebrated on Nov. 11.

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