To the editor:
On Nov. 11, Steubenville presented a wreath-laying ceremony at the Berkman Amphitheater in Fort Steuben Park to recognize Veterans Day.
The program began with a selection of patriotic music by the Thermes Family Singers, and what a great job they did. Following was a really good presentation by Chief Master Sgt. Wes Hudson. He pointed out the sacrifices and complete dedication made by our Founding Fathers to establish the way of life we enjoy today.
Cudos to AMVETS Post 275, VFW Post 80 and American Legion Posts 33 and 274 for their stirring laying of the wreaths and the 21-gun salute they offered. Closing the program was a solemn rendition of taps by Linda Lancia and Rick Hicks.
Included in the audience were at least six members of America's greatest generation, two who participated in the Normandy invasion on D-Day, two who participated in the Battle of the Bulge and one who participated in Patton's 3rd Army's sweep into Germany, bringing World War II in Europe basically to an end. It's hard to imagine the horror they witnessed. At the same time, they set a standard of bravery and selflessness for those of us who followed attempted to equal.
The sad part of the day was the pathetic turnout for the program. Including the speakers and those who had participated, fewer than 60 people were there.
The citizens of this community need to step up and do the right thing at every opportunity to honor these great Americans.
It did not go unnoticed that Mayor Domenick Mucci spoke, and Police Chief Bill McCafferty was in attendance.
The ranks of men and women who proudly served (myself included) grows smaller every year. Those who served in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Bosnia, Iraq and Afghanistan are all who remain. if not by your actions, at least in your mind and your heart give them a minute of your time.
They ask for nothing but offered everything. Let's do better on Veterans Day and Memorial Day in the future. Remember, all gave some, some gave all.
A proud veteran thanks you.