Mayor Cyril Kleem
“The battle, sir, is not to the strong alone; it is to the vigilant, the active, the brave.” – Patrick Henry
The United States has three holidays to honor our military. Memorial Day in May remembers those who gave their lives for our country. Armed Forces Day in September honors active duty military.
Nov. 11 is Veterans’ Day – a time to honor those who have served our country in the Armed Forces whether in a combat zone or stateside, whether in peacetime or war. Most of them are quietly proud of their service. They go about their days at jobs, as volunteers, as retirees. They continue to serve as members of our police and fire divisions, or as business entrepreneurs, or factory workers. Many bear the physical, emotional and mental scars of combat.
Those who are members of military veterans’ organizations such as the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars contribute much to our community. American Legion Post 91 hosts a 9/11 ceremony on the Triangle each Sept. 11, sponsors the Memorial Day parade and makes sure the City of Berea has a new Flag to fly on the Triangle. VFW Post 6676 sponsors a Boy Scout Troop and hosts a Flag retirement ceremony on Flag Day. Men and women of both the American Legion and VFW are very supportive of this community. Nov. 11 is a time to show how much we in turn support them.
On Veterans’ Day, restaurants may offer free meals to vets and stores may offer discounts. But our appreciation of veterans should not be limited to one day. On Nov. 11 or on any day, thank a vet. A simple handshake or a “thank you” means a lot no matter what the age or when or where they served.
The City of Berea offers its warmest wishes and gratitude to all the men and women who have served our country in uniform. Thank you!