I sometimes forget who granted me the security and the freedom to enjoy my life. I take for granted the sacrifices other people more noble than myself made and continue to make. I’m always grateful but I sure don’t make it a priority to show it.
Today I strolled along the graves of the Orange County Memorial Veteran’s Cemetery on Craigville Road in Goshen humbled by the simple stones and flapping flags. The cold wind blew in light rain drops and grey clouds not just onto the grounds but in my heart.
A lone veteran walked to a familiar grave removed his cap and bowed his head silently and prayed.
A large monument reads “It is Not in Numbers but in Unity That Our Great Strength Lies”. Never before not even at Arlington National Veterans Cemetery in Washington has the weight of seeing that lone veteran paying his respects in private touched me so deeply.
This Veterans Day there will be many special ceremonies, many people will make an excuse of why they cannot attend. Thank god those who served us didn’t have shopping or errands or something else to do.
It’s because of them you choose what to do today don’t forget that freedom came at a great price.
Thank a Vet you owe them.
By Jennifer Brenner
Veterans Day Ceremonies around the area:
Middletown Wallkill Veterans Council 11AM at Middletown Elks Lodge 48 Prospect St
Montgomery Veterans Day Parade starting at 11 AM at Town Government Center at 110 Bracken Rd.
Bloomingburg VFW Post 9AM and 9:30AM at Bloomingburg Fire House on Godfrey Rd.