They say the newspapers of the world will soon be a thing of the past, that with the Internet so available for breaking news there will be no need for the printed page. You have Kindle to read books — no smell of ink and tree to feed your senses.
But The Cheraw Chronicle and Chesterfield Advertiser will continue to do what they do best — bring you news of today and yesterday and yesteryear. One thing they do well is honor our veterans. For all of you who aren’t really sure when we began this holiday, here is a short blurb on the why and wherefore.
Veterans Day is an annual United States holiday honoring military veterans. It is a federal holiday that is observed on Nov. 11. It is also celebrated as Armistice Day or Remembrance Day in other parts of the world and falls on Nov. 11, the anniversary of the signing of the armistice that ended World War I. (Major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the armistice.) Courtesy of my history teacher, Mr. Phil Chewning.
Look at some of the pictures that we have honoring the veterans of Chesterfield County. Most of them served during a time of war — WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam and both of the Middle East conflicts; one over one still going on.
Most of them were mere children when they entered the service of our country.
They were as young as 15, some of them. Or they were 17 like my husband Mac.
I remember my grandmother making the statement that it is always the young who rise up to protect the country of old men and women. Never is that more evident than today.
The pictures of those so young who we have lost recently make me want to weep. At a time in their lives when they should be playing football, going to college, dancing the night away or just living their lives without worry of gunfire or explosion, instead we are bombarded with the news of the dead and injured.
So, this is not a day for sales or merriment but a time of celebration — celebration of the unselfish men and women who gladly serve our nation and, in turn, us.
Thank you, all you brave young men and women, those who are now no longer young, those who are no longer with us and those who will show up at the recruiters’ offices and offer their services and their lives to protect the this land we love. Thank you!
Sandi McBride is a resident of Jefferson who blogs regularly and enjoys her garden and her furry and feathered friends. She is a wife and mother of two sons.