Dyer County gathered together on Monday to honor our country's greatest volunteers: our military veterans. Our service men and women were recognized for the hardships their families endure and the sacrifices they make on a daily basis during the annual Veterans Day service and parade.
"We need to remember our troops 365 days a year," said Dyersburg Mayor John Holden during the invocation.
Veteran's Day was first observed as Armistice Day, the day marking the end of World War I, more commonly known during that time as "The Great War" or "the war to end all wars". On Nov. 11, 1918 the Germans agreed to terms with the Allies to end the fighting. Allied nations marked the joyous occasion with celebrations in the streets after more than four years of fighting and an estimated 9 million soldiers killed.
Stacey says that veterans today have the appreciation of a grateful nation. In celebration that nation cares for its wounded warriors, created the GI Bill, has built hospitals and rehabilitation facilities for our veterans and has set aside one day each year to recognize the service our veterans do.
"Our nation may not be what it should be but it is the best nation that there ever will be," said Stacey.
Stacey concluded by saying that the enemies of America should come to Dyer County and they will be shown not only what veterans and American citizens can do but will do.
"We will still fight to the death for our families, our community, our state and our great nation to protect our liberties," said Stacey to tumultuous applause.
After Stacey's rousing speech, all eyes turned toward the annual parade that included the Dyer County High School Jr. ROTC, the Dyer County High School marching band, the Dyersburg High School marching band, Boys Scout Troops, Girls Scouts, Cub Scouts, the Dyersburg Fire Department, the Dyer County Fire Department, the Dyersburg Police Department, Dyer County Sheriff's Department and the Disabled Veterans of America.
Of course the stars of the parade were our local veterans who braved the cold temperatures and a gusty wind to be saluted by residents both young and old. After the parade festivities, veterans gathered at the Dyersburg National Guard Armory for a special lunch sponsored by the American Legion Post No. 30, American Legion Post No. 191, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 1972 and Disable American Veterans Chapter 46. During the lunch, veterans continued to reminisce about their days in the service connecting with old friends and in some cases new friends as they swapped stories from another time in their lives.
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