As a pleasant breeze blew across the public square on a beautiful autumn morning, Macon County citizens gathered on November 11th to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice. Determined to recognize the courage of the countless men and women who have served our country, the Macon County Veterans Day Parade kicked off at 11:00 a.m. from the County Courthouse with a warm welcome from Mike Scott, the National Anthem by the MCHS Band, the raising of the flag, Pledge of Allegiance, Invocation, Laying of the Veterans Day Wreath, and the Invocation by Mike Carson, of the Lafayette Church of God.As tears pooled in his eyes, Ron Morey, honored the American military personnel who died in battle or as a result of wounds sustained from combat, which was followed by a moment of silence.
The Faces of Freedom Parade began at the courthouse, headed east on Church Street, and ended at Key Park where everyone was welcomed by Dawn Blocker and Mike Williams. Teresa Patterson sang the National Anthem and Mayor Shelvy Linville spoke before the large crowd to ensure the veterans that we deeply appreciate the sacrifices they have made in their lives to keep our country free.
The guest speaker was Mike Carson and Jeff Hudson sang two original songs in honor of all American veterans and their families. Several awards were passed out and lunch was served on the grounds of the park.
It seems so many have forgotten the true meaning of Veterans Day, but what makes it so special a day that every American should take a moment to reflect, and thank those who serve in our armed forces, both past and present. Veterans Day isn’t simply about the men and women who have served their country, but about their heroism and unselfish dedication to the United States of America. It’s about their willingness to lay down their lives for the ideas on which this country was founded. It’s about their sacrificing their lives so someone else might live and it’s about giving their all, that others may have freedom. And it’s about enduring the horror of war, in the hopes that our children will never have to do the same. It’s a day where every one of us needs to thank those who served this great country, both the living and those who have passed on and our promise that they will never be forgotten.
“God bless America, the land of the free!”