A veteran of the U.S. armed forces who had served during wartime gave an impromptu speech Wednesday during a ceremony to honor those who serve, or have served, our country.
The vet recalled returning from his time of service to something less than a rousing welcome. To hear this coming from a Vietnam veteran would be a shame - but, sadly, not unexpected.
But those unrehearsed comments came from a veteran of World War II.
Fortunately, residents in Seneca and Hancock counties took steps Wednesday to correct that oversight. Thousands of flag-waving people turned out to welcome the American?Veterans Traveling Tribute and replica Vietnam Memorial Wall to Tiffin - and, more importantly, the veterans and service members who took part in the escort.
The tribute's mission is to "create a forum for communities to come together to honor, respect and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for their country and to educate all to the cost of freedom.
Now is the time for community members to honor, respect and remember those who contributed so much to our nation. The tribute's exhibits will be available for viewing until 4 p.m. Sunday.
Pay special attention to te memorials. As the World War II veteran said, the soldiers and sailors who deserve the most thanks are those who did not return.
"It's the ones that give up their lives and are not here," Huss said.