“We invite Eastland County citizens and guests to join Eastland City Commissioners and staff at noon on Veterans Day, November 11, for a short ceremony honoring the veterans of America’s armed services”, said Richard Rossander, Eastland City Commission member. “While this ceremony won’t be elaborate, it will be a sincere gesture of gratitude to the many men and women who have served our country, especially those from Eastland County”, he added. Rossander, himself a veteran, will participate in the ceremony.
“We agree with Richard that our country owes so much to our veterans, a point brought close to home in times of war like these”, chimed in City Commissioners Norm Owen and Jerry Mathews. “We have so many Americans, a considerable number with Eastland County roots, now in harm’s way, and we should always keep them in our thoughts and prayers ,” they said.
The ceremony will begin at noon in the heart of the Eastland Cemetery in front of the flags and memorials dedicated to veterans of the conflicts that have faced Texas during its 174 year existence. “What better spot could we pick to honor these people than this special place in our city. Thanks to the generosity of some of our citizens, we have this wonderful place to pay homage 365 days a year. It is the least we can do to publically pause a moment here to say thank you,” added Mark Pipkin, Eastland mayor.
City Commission member Larry Vernon noted, “There is often confusion between Veterans Day and Memorial Day since both honor service men and women. Memorial Day is intended to focus on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country – giving their lives. The main intent behind Veterans Day, on the other hand, is to give gratitude to all veterans who have served our country. While these distinctions are important, in the end, we should remember and be grateful to both these groups, not just on these two national holidays, but all the time.”
In the event of rain or high wind on the morning of November 11, the ceremony will be shifted to the Lyric Theatre on the west side of the Courthouse Square. If moved, it will still begin at noon.
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