Veterans Honored at Local Macon Cemetery
Veterans Day in Middle Georgia means a strong show of patriotism at events and ceremonies around the region. However, for many vets and active duty service members the day is more than just a time to show honor and give thanks.
For Lieutenant Colonel Vincent Amos, Veterans Day is more than just about honoring veterans; it’s about sacrifice as well.
"Freedom is not free,” he said. “It costs somebody something and has been the veteran who has wanted or given his life or given his limb who has given his time in serving the nation."
Amos was the keynote speaker at Linwood Cemetery. He served in the army for 20 years which included three service tours to Germany, Kuwait and Iraq. Even though he is now retired Amos, said he still wants to remind people that Veterans Day is more than just a federal holiday.
"Veterans Day is not just a day off but it’s a day of reflection," he said.
What began as Armistice Day after WWI soon evolved to Veterans Day, a day to celebrate all military veterans who have served this country, dead or alive. Some veterans who attended the celebration said it makes them emotional.
"It almost brings a tear to your eye because you're part of that day that they're celebrating,” Vietnam Veteran, Bill Carey said. “If you don't realize it, then you're losing something in life."
Veterans said they're happy about receiving recognition but feel they can be overlooked most of the year.
"We're not asking for anything special except that people understand that sometimes Veterans go through a little bit more than people who have not served in service," Veteran and Commander of Disabled American Veterans Chapter 50, Ronnie Miley said.
However, Amos said as long as people are proud of their country the nation will remain strong.
"As long as the spirit of America is within each and every citizen, we will continue to make this country great," Amos said.
Even though Veterans Day fell on a Sunday, banks will still be closed on Monday and the U.S. postal service has cancelled mail delivery to observe the three day holiday weekend.