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.

I was filled with pride as Veteran’s 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 with Veterans Day at American National University, veterans breakfasts, Bluefield, Va., and Tazewell, Va., events, dinner at Cole Harley-Davidson, the East River Mountain Town Band Veterans Day concert, dinner at the Bluefield Elks Lodge, Bluefield State College Veterans Day ceremony, Veterans Day Parade in Princeton, the unveiling of the Always Free Veterans Walk of Honor at the Memorial Building and Concord’s Veterans Appreciation ceremony to name a few. The huge American flag blowing in the breeze atop the ladder truck at Bluefield High School for the East River Mountain Town Band concert took my breath.

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 and the Always Free Veterans Walk of Honor located at the Memorial Building in Princeton, or local memorials located throughout the county.

I want to thank every individual involved in hosting Veteran’s Day events, and everyone who took time to honor our veterans by visiting a Veteran’s Day event, but most of all our veterans! Thank you.

Remember to thank a veteran!

Marie Blackwell


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