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Hundreds gathered near the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans Monday morning. / Photo: WCSI File
Hundreds of people turned out at the Bartholomew County Memorial for Veterans Monday morning for the annual Veterans Day program.
The program included the laying of wreaths from area Gold Star Mothers, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, American Legions Ladies Auxiliary and Daughters of the American Revolution. There was also a balloon release and reading of the names of area veterans who have passed on since last Veterans Day. In total, 171 names were read and balloons released.
There were hundreds of people in attendance. One of those attendees was Republican State Rep. Milo Smith of Columbus. Smith said that Veterans Day has always been an emotional day for him due to his family's service. He says we owe all veterans a debt that can never be repaid. Smith says that sometimes, it is easy to praise politicians and overlook the defenders of our freedom. "It's not about the politicians, it's about the veterans that we can have the freedoms that we experience today," Smith said.
Veterans Day was established in 1954 by Congress and President Dwight Eisenhower to honor all American military veterans who served in all wars and conflicts. Previously, Nov. 11 was known as Armistice Day and was established to honor the veterans of the First World War.
Last Updated: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 4:34:45 AM
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