Advocate Editorial Board opinion: We have not forgotten veterans' service

By the Advocate Editorial Board
Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Every generation of Americans has faced some form of war or conflict in their lifetimes.

From the Revolutionary War to today, brave men and women have stepped up to serve our country and preserve our freedom.

Some wars receive more recognition than others. The Revolutionary War is more well-known than the War of 1812, and the Korean War is often overshadowed by the Vietnam War. That is why we are glad that veterans of the Korean War era, often called the Forgotten War, will be honored Saturday morning with a parade called the We Remember parade hosted by Warrior's Weekend.

As of Thursday afternoon, about 220 vets, spouses and widows are registered to participate in the parade, said Bettye Pribyl, co-chairwoman of the parade. Veterans and their families are still registering and will not be turned away, even if they walk up right before the event. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. Saturday in downtown Victoria and includes about 83 entries. Afterward, the veterans and their spouses and widows will attend a special lunch at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Hall, 2001 Lova Drive.

A similar event, The Parade That Never Was, was held to honor veterans of the Vietnam War in October 2012. Organizers estimated that parade saw about 10,000 people come out to honor veterans who were not welcomed home after their service. We hope this event will see a similar level of attendance if not more.

America's veterans are essential parts of our society. These are the men and women who chose to offer their time, effort and their lives to preserve our freedom and protect us from dangers across the world.

We encourage residents of the Crossroads and anyone who is able to come to this event and to thank a generation of veterans who answered the call when they were needed.

We applaud those who organized this event and all the volunteers, parade float sponsors and others who made this celebration possible. Thank you for taking the time to honor a previous generation of veterans who fought to preserve America's freedom for us.

Most of all, thank you to the veterans themselves. There is no way to adequately repay what you have given. Your service is appreciated and remembered.

This editorial reflects the views of the Victoria Advocate's editorial board.



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