Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

November 15, 2013

Remember our veterans everyday

Bluefield Daily Telegraph

— — I want to take this opportunity to express how proud I am to live in Mercer County. I travel throughout Mercer County on a daily basis and am constantly in awe of the beautiful scenery, our mountains, history and culture, the hospitality in the area, outdoor recreation and things to do.

But on Monday, Nov. 11, I was especially proud. I was filled with pride as Veterans Day ceremonies took place throughout the county. I attended several events and carry regrets for those I was unable to attend.  There were concerts, parades and ceremonies starting Sunday and continuing through Veterans Day.

  When pulling into the parking lot of the Chuck Mathena Center Sunday for the East River Mountain Town Band's Veterans Day Concert and seeing our beautiful American flag blowing in the breeze atop two ladder trucks, I lost it. We are so blessed to live in this country. My husband was a proud U.S. Marine who loved his country. I challenge you as you are out and about — if you see a veteran, remember to thank him or her for their service.

 If it were not for the sacrifices our veterans and the fallen angels made, we would not have the freedom we all enjoy today.  Let not this pride and patriotism be shown just on Veterans Day, but each and every day.  I encourage you to visit the War Museum in the Memorial Building in Princeton, or local memorials located throughout the county.

I want to thank our veterans, and every individual involved in, with, or who took time to honor our veterans by visiting a Veterans Day event.

Remember to thank a veteran.

Marie Blackwell