Thursday, November 11, 2010

Honor our Veterans

Ninety-Two years ago major hostilities of World War I were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 with the German signing of the Armistice.

We recognize today as Veterans Day.  Here in Indiana, we honor our Veterans; Indianapolis is second only to Washington D.C. in acreage and number of monuments dedicated to veterans, particularly our Hoosier Vets.  We must never forget to honor the sacrifice these men and women have made and are making even today around the world. 

As a frail elderly lady leaning on her walker came to vote in Elkhart she said with a smile, “This is the first time I have been out of the house in a long time.”  A volunteer thanked her for making the effort to vote and for her example to the younger generation.  With a passionate broken voice she replied, “My husband was killed in WWII to preserve this freedom.  This is nothing compared!  It is my privilege!”

To my Father and Grandfather, and to every Veteran: Thank You!  Thank you for your sacrifice for our freedom!

Timothy Wesco
State Representative, District 21

The Soldiers' and Sailors' Monument lies in the center of Indianapolis, Indiana, a 284-feet tall monument built from gray limestone and bronze in a neoclassical style. The structure commemorates Hoosiers who were veterans.  A 30-foot statue of “Victory” tops the obelisk. The view of the surrounding area from the 250-foot high observation deck is simply spectacular.

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