Letter: An opportunity to honor veterans
Last year the day was cold, windy, and snowing, yet as hardy Vermonters you attended and participated in honoring those who had served our great nation. Observing all who were present lay a wreath, call out the veteran's name, and salute each time was a memory I shall always carry with me.
If you are a leader of a youth organization, please consider attending this event with your group. This is a tremendous opportunity to Remember, Honor, and Teach about our heritage and heroes. These graves contain warriors from the Civil War to current conflicts. Our earliest interments contain warriors who marched south into the unknown so that others may be free.
Please bring family and friends to participate in this year's event. It is vitally important for our children to understand and honor our departed veterans on this day. The ceremony itself is short, but meaningful. Its purpose is not to "decorate graves," but to commemorate their sacrifice and dedication to these United States and to the cause of freedom.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Colonel A. M. Faxon Jr.
Deputy/COO, Vermont Veterans' Home
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