All you have to do is shake their hand

Published 12:42 am Saturday, November 9, 2013

Veteran’s Day on Monday is an important time for those who have served in the military. It’s their moment to be recognized for the time they’ve spent fighting for our country’s freedom.
But what about those who haven’t served? How does one honor Veteran’s Day if they were never part of the military?
It’s not your special holiday like Easter, Halloween or Christmas. It holds a different meaning, and the best way to celebrate the holiday is by shaking a veteran’s hand.
It’s as simple as that.
Monday morning at 9 a.m. in Willis Park is the perfect place to do it. There’s a special ceremony being held, just like they’ve done every year, to honor those who have died serving and those who still survive.
The Bainbridge community can step up and make an appearance. It’s important to show how important veterans are to our community. They are real-life superheroes. The things they’ve experience and the stories they tell can be shocking and inspiring. What they put on the line for our country’s freedom is beyond what many people can fathom.
Yet we’re already focused on what we’re buying and getting for Christmas in a month and a half.
Step back, take a moment to realize what veterans have done for the people of this country, the people of Georgia and especially the people of Decatur County. It might be easy to forget, but Veteran’s Day is just as important as any other holiday of the year.
So find a Veteran on Monday, or find more. Let them know they’re appreciated. Without them, the things we take for granted might not be here.

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