Veterans Day across the United States is a day to say “thank you” to all of the men and women, young and old, who served our country in the armed forces.
The day coincides with Armistice Day and Remembrance Day, which are celebrated in other parts of the world and also mark the anniversary of the end of World War I.
Major hostilities of WW I were ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. That’s when the armistice with Germany went into effect. The United States originally observed Armistice Day but it evolved into Veterans Day holiday in 1954.
Here in the Ohio Valley, a number of veterans came together at local restaurants to enjoy a free meal and to share their experiences in the field.
Glen Baker, Jr. served more than 30 years in several different branches, including the Wheeling Tank Battalion, the Air Force, a reserve unit, and a national guard unit. Working in intelligence, he didn’t get to go out on missions, but was there to hear all of the stories and guided other soldiers on what they needed to do.
“Well as intelligence I just stayed behind and when the fighters came back we’d debrief them, find outwhere they went, what they did, and how they did it,” Baker said.
Timothy P. Mitchell served on the presidential support group for President Nixon.
“I was on the presidential support unit for Richard Nixon, including the first time a Russian came to the United States,” Mitchell said. “He came to El Torro to viTorohe Western Whitehouse and I got to go aboard a Russian aircraft and visit with them and I’ve been on Airforce One.”
Slim LeHart shared his experience on an aircraft carrier in the Mediterranean during Korea.
“I was on an aircraft carrier the whole time, the U.S.S Randolph, a large carrier,” LeHart said. “We were in the sixth fleet, which is in the Mediteranian, so Mediterranean didn’t get over towe really
hen speaking to these veterans they all made it clear that they still have a strong sense of patriotism and enjoyed their time working to protect our country.
WTRF would like to thank all those who serve our country.