Honoring and Helping Our Veterans

By Phil Riddick
Madison County Commissioner
District 5

Many businesses and schools in Madison County will close in observance of Veteran’s Day on November 11, and thousands of residents will attend and participate in the Veteran’s Day Parade.

“On this Veterans Day, let us remember the service of our veterans, and let us renew our national promise to fulfill our sacred obligations to our veterans and their families who have sacrificed so much so that we can live free.” – Dan Lipinski

We can continue to honor our veterans throughout the holiday season. On National Wreaths Across America Day (December 17, 2022), veterans are remembered and honored by wreath-laying ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery and more than 2.500 additional locations across the United States.

Established in 2007, Wreaths Across America is a non-profit organization whose main activity is distributing Veteran’s wreaths for placement on graves in military cemeteries. A United States Senate resolution designated December 13, 2008, as Wreaths Across America Day and subsequently, National Wreaths Across America Days have been designated on the second or third Saturday of December.

According to the Wreaths Across America website, “We understand we have Veterans Day in the fall and Memorial Day in the spring, but our service members sacrifice their time and safety every single day of the year to preserve our freedoms.” The organization’s mission is to remember our fallen U.S. veterans, honor those who serve, and to teach our children the value of freedom. If you would like to learn if a specific cemetery is participating in Wreaths Across America or if you would like to know more about sponsoring a wreath or volunteering, visit https://www.wreathsacrossamerica.org/.

Another venue for fulfilling our obligations to our veterans and their families year round is through support of Still Serving Veterans, a non-profit organization whose mission is “to serve and honor Veterans and their families by empowering them to build meaningful lives through connections to fulfilling careers, benefits and services; and to proactively strengthen Veteran communities through leadership and collaboration.” Learn more about how you can help by visiting their website at https://ssv.org/.

Finally, let’s make certain that our veterans know that there is always someone available to listen to support them by sharing the Veterans Crisis Line.

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