The community honors veterans in a variety of ways on Monday, a national holiday.
As the nation prepares for Veterans Day observances, Hood River News wanted to know peoples’ thoughts about the honored occasion.
We asked six community members “What message do you for have for veterans?”
We talked to people in local businesses, at Elks Lodge, the fire hall and other locations, and here are their replies:
“As a 37-year Elk and the son of a World War II veteran, I agree with the Elks statement that so long as there are veterans they will always be in our hearts. And having a son (Gary) who has done three tours in the Middle East and suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, veterans have my total support.”
“Both of my brothers served at the same time in Korea and Vietnam. They were told not go anywhere with their uniform because they would get spat on. I am grateful that has changed. I’m grateful for their service; but underneath that I wish we’d find other ways to solve our conflicts than going to war. I hear veterans and others who think it should be a last resort, but we seem much more willing to go to war without trying everything else, and that troubles me.”
“From our perspective at the fire department, anybody that goes into service to sacrifice themselves for the common good, I think is something we totally identify with. The days of remembrance of patriotism and sacrifice set our country apart — not only to free our country, but to show other people around the world that we’re willing to sacrifice for the greater good.”
“In my family, both my grandfathers served in World War II and I know that everyone in our family at the time was nervous with them being overseas, but we realized the sacrifices that they made. Growing up in a generation where I haven’t had to face that, to face combat, I’m just really appreciative of the sacrifices people make that take them away from their families and for the families that support them when they do that and welcome them back home.”
Mary Kay Bielemeier
“There needs to be more than just Veterans Day to honor and to be thinking of the past veterans, our present veterans, and our future veterans. And their families need that support too. To me, Veterans Day is every day; I think about them all the time.”
“I’d just like to say thank you for everything the veterans have done for us. It’s made the United States a lot better place to live. It makes America the home of the free. We live in the best country in the world, and we owe everything to the people who have fought the battles for us. We can’t ever say thank you enough.”