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Take time this weekend to honor veterans

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By Reggie Ponder
Columnist

Thursday, November 8, 2018

It’s time once again to observe Veterans Day.

With Nov. 11 falling on Sunday this year, some local organizations are holding their commemorative programs on Sunday to coincide with the official Veterans Day, while others are moving the observance to Monday.

In either case I hope you will have an opportunity to participate in a Veterans Day observance and honor those who have served our country in the military.

In Pasquotank County, the Veterans Day program will be held Sunday at noon at Waterfront Park. A parade of the colors by various organizations will open the ceremony, along with a formation of Coast Guard personnel. There will be a brief speech by Pasquotank County Sheriff Randy Cartwright.

The guest speaker is Sgt. Maj. Doug Smith, a retired member of the U.S. Army who is a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. A Coast Guard vessel will be at the dock for attendees to tour.

At the close of the ceremony, children who are present will be invited to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.

After the the ceremony all are welcome to visit VFW Post 6060 on North Road Street for complimentary food. In the event of rain the ceremony will be held at the VFW post.

The Veterans Day program in Perquimans County will be held Monday at 11 a.m.

N.C. American Legion Commander Evan Thompson will help commemorate Veterans Day in Chowan County. The Chowan program, organized by American Legion Post 40, will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Veterans Memorial behind the courthouse.

In addition to these larger, community-wide observances of Veterans Day, there are smaller commemorations by churches and other organizations in the area, including many nursing homes that make a point of recognizing residents who are veterans.

Just a couple of years before he died, my father-in-law was a resident of an assisted-living center that held a very nice observance for Veterans Day. He still had his uniform from his service as a sergeant in the Army infantry in World War II, and it still fit.

He proudly attended the program in uniform, and it was one of the last really special times that he was able to enjoy before his memory loss became so severe that it was difficult for him to appreciate — or even engage in — most social activities.

I am grateful that he had that special time and hope all veterans will know on this Veterans Day, and every day, that they are not forgotten and that their service is appreciated.

Reggie Ponder is a staff writer for The Daily Advance.

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