By Chris Johnson
Celebrating all veterans was stressed during the annual Veteran’s Day Program at the Oregon VFW.
“We are honoring all veterans who served to defend democracy,” said commander T. Richard Day. “We celebrate this day and honor them. Without veterans there would not be a land of the free.”
Day said only 9 percent of the country has served in the military with 5 million active and 23.5 million veterans.
“Veterans are the minority, but we fought to keep things free,” he said. “As we celebrate our veterans it is wonderful to see the love of our country. Recent events made us realize the freedoms we enjoy.”
Day encouraged everyone to go out and tell a veteran “thank you.”
“Tomorrow we must continue to honor them and say ‘thank you,’” he said. “We must honor them everyday.”
Veterans have made life better for everyone in the country, Day said.
“Without our veterans we would not be where we are today,” he said.
The younger generation will need to continue moving toward tomorrow so everyone enjoys freedoms in the future, he said.
During the service Day received a $1,065 donation from American Legion member Gene Frericks.
The money was raised during Autumn on Parade and will be used to refurbish the memorial on the north lawn of the courthouse square.