Appreciate all who serve

Even if you do not have today off, be sure to take the time to thank a veteran.

Over the last three days, there have been numerous ceremonies in the area to mark Veterans Day. Today, some of the events planned include: a breakfast in Sheridan at VFW Post 6390 and ceremonies at 11:05 a.m.; a ceremony at 11 a.m. at Applebee’s in Dunkirk; and a dinner at American Legion Post 409 in Gowanda at 5:30 p.m.

On Friday afternoon, the annual celebration of veterans at the Chautauqua County Home took place. Veterans in attendance for the luncheon included those from Vietnam, Korea and 18 from World War II. The chief speaker of the event, set up by the Disabled American Veterans group, was Sgt. 1st Class William C. Shepard of the 642nd Aviation Support Battalion. Shepard oversees the Dunkirk Armory. He called all veterans “saviors” of the United States of America.

“Not all veterans have seen war, but the common bond that they share is an oath … for their willingness to die defending this great nation,” he said.

God bless them all.