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Veterans Day 2012: Salute their service

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Friday, Nov. 9, 2012, 8:55 p.m.

The Fay-West area will join the nation next week in recognizing the service of American veterans.

At 5 a.m. Nov. 11, 1918, the day began with the laying down of arms, blowing of whistles, impromptu parades and the closing of business.

Veterans Day is the anniversary of the Armistice that was signed in the Forest of Compiegne by the Allies and the Germans in 1918, ending World War I after four years of fighting.

In November 1919, President Woodrow Wilson issued his Armistice Day proclamation.

Years of Armistice Days were commemorated until in 1954, when by an act of Congress, the observance was changed to Veterans Day and Americans were asked to remember the sacrifices of all those who fought preserving the liberties of our country.

We urge Fay-West residents to recognize area veterans next week by attending the various area parades and programs.

Fayette's Veterans Day Parade is scheduled in Masontown this year. Local communities such as Mt. Pleasant, Scottdale and Everson will conduct their own observances. All will be held on Monday.

The CAHS Patriots will continue their tradition of honoring local veterans with a special program at the Connellsville Readiness Center.

And we commend local schools for hosting various programs that allow our students to learn about the important sacrifices so many of our veterans made for love of their country.

We, as Americans, are often guilty of taking for granted the struggles others have faced to ensure that we are able to live our lives in safety and prosperity.

We owe a lot to those who fought for our freedom.

And we owe a debt of gratitude to those who are still with us and a perpetual place in our memories for those who died while fighting on our behalf.

So, let's grab our flags and line the streets on Monday. Let's support our veterans.

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