PORT CLINTON — Albeit a day after the official federal holiday, as fifth-grade student Micaela Wiechman pointed out during Immaculate Conception School’s Veterans Day ceremony, every day should be treated as an opportunity to honor our veterans.
ICS students, teachers and staff held the event honoring local veterans around the memorial at the Ottawa County Courthouse lawn Friday, where dozens of family and friends also gathered to join in on doing just that.
“We should celebrate every day like Veterans Day,” Wiechman said, adding there are so many ways to do so and not just on Nov. 11.
Wiechman explained she has a lot of family members who served in the military, such as great-uncles and great-great uncles, who served overseas in the jungles amid the Vietnam War and others on the beaches of Normandy, France, during World War II.
“I hope that every veteran is proud of what they have done for our country,” she said.
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Fifth-grade student Ella Lynd noted also veterans can be both old and young, such as those who begin serving by joining the military as early as 18 years old.
She said they sacrifice time with their family, friends and other loved ones to serve this country, which often includes fighting in wars. And while they do make new friends in the military, Lynd added, sometimes they lose those friends, too.
They may even pay the ultimate sacrifice with their own lives.
“I feel veterans are very important because without them we wouldn’t be where we are or have what we have today,” she said. “Veterans put their lives on the line for us. We have our freedom today because of them.”
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Lynd described veterans as brave, loyal and genuine heroes. Often, entire families have a long tradition of serving the country, from grandparents, mothers, fathers, uncles, aunts, brothers, sisters, sons and daughters.
Like Wiechman, that includes many of Lynd’s own relatives, too.
“Veterans have many stories to tell from their experiences, but some stories they will never tell,” Lynd said. “We all need to remember veterans and what they have sacrificed for the American people.”