It’s hard to believe but it wasn’t until 1954 that America officially honored Veterans Day. Commander Jerry Wildman of the VFW Post 626 in Bellaire says the holiday is about remembering all who have served the United States.
“From the beginning of time, we’ve fought for everything we’ve had. For all the freedoms we’ve had, someone has died and given their life for the freedoms that we have,” said Wildman. “Veterans Day shows that and honors those people clear back to the beginning of time our country was organized.”
Joe Barker, the Commander of American Legion Post 159 in St. Clairsville, says Veterans Day is a chance for America to pay respect to those who paid the price for their country.
“Everyone that was enlisted or was drafted has paid a price, not so much as possibly being wounded or in blood but in a mental capacity as well as the thought and love for their country,” said Barker.
Bill Wilson and Dick Johnson of Legion Post 52 in Bellaire, say Veterans Day is a chance for those who served to look for help and support if needed.
“It’s a way to show our respect for the servicemen who are serving now and let them know that we are still 100 percent behind them,” said Johnson.
“One thing we keep in mind about the American Legion is we’re veterans serving veterans and we’re out there to help,” said Wilson.
Tuesday is the nationwide holiday devoted to remember those who have served and those currently serving. Some veterans say that Americans can honor veterans by embracing the freedoms that they have fought and died for whether it’s the right to vote or the right to practice any religion.
“All the wars we have fought, all the men and women who have died to pick that flag up and carry it a few feet and fall down and somebody else come pick it up, it’s important to our country that we never lose those standards of living,” said Wildman.
“Freedom of choice as far as religion, to vote, whatever and you get 50% of people to vote, they don’t care. Or go to church every Sunday, it was the veteran that gave that right to them,” said Barker.