It is time once again to celebrate “OUR” veterans this Sunday, Nov. 11, at 3 p.m., as our community will be hosting the Delaware County Veterans Day Parade through the streets of beautiful downtown Delaware.
This year is very special as we celebrate a milestone, the 100th anniversary of the end of WWI. The United States and its allies signed an armistice with Germany to end all hostilities and signed a peace agreement. This peace agreement was signed at 11 a.m. on the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918. This day became known as Armistice Day, but in 1954, the national holiday was changed to Veterans Day in order to account for all veterans who served in all wars.
This year, Delaware’s Veterans Parade honors all veterans, all wars, retired or active, in the reserves, those serving all the branches of service, and their families. Let’s be sure to show our appreciation to these great heroes, our veterans.
The weather might be a little chilly, and we’ve all got our chores to complete like raking leaves, but I hope all of you can set aside some time and come downtown waving your flags and show your love, appreciation, and support for our local veterans and their families. Our veterans and their families have sacrificed so much, so let’s all show them how much they mean to us!
When these veterans signed up to serve, it wasn’t for an hour or two, it was for a minimum of two years and many served for even more. Many were wounded and others gave the ultimate sacrifice, their life. In all my years working with veterans, I have never heard one complain about what they had to do. They are always so proud to have served their country.
So please Delaware, lets show all of these veterans how important they are to us and join me in celebrating them. After all, where would any of us be without them?
Carolyn Kay Riggle
Mayor of Delaware