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Lockport to observe Veterans Day

BY: Rikki Cason | November 07, 2012

It is a day to say thank you and pay tribute, and in Lockport Veterans Day will once again be celebrated at 11 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 in Outwater Park.

The ceremony is sponsored annually by B. Leo Dolan Post No. 410 of the American Legion.

Veterans Day, also known as Armistice Day, marked the end of World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th month of the 11th day in 1918.

Unlike some other holidays, Veterans Day is always celebrated on Nov. 11, no matter the day of the week it falls on.

“The ceremony is an opportunity for everyone in our community to come together to honor America’s servicemen and women,” said Chairperson Renee Knight. “Attending as adults affords each of us to demonstrate our gratitude to those, who have sacrificed so much for the freedoms we far too often take for granted.”

Knight said student participation allows youngsters to listen thoughtfully to veterans speak of the impact of war on soldiers and their families.

“They hear about the history of sacrifice that has kept America free and in doing so begin to grasp the true meaning of Veterans Day,” Knight said.

Around 100 children from the Lockport City School District will gather to read “America’s Answer” by R.W. Lillard.

This is a part of a two-part recitation. Volunteers from the Barge Canal Optimist Club and the community will recite “In Flanders Fields,” a poem by John McCrea.

This is the 22nd year for the ceremony. It first began in 1990 by Knight’s class at Lockport High School.

“Taking part in this solemn ceremony not only helps to instill the values of respect and compassion, but also allows (students) to experience the rewards of volunteerism,” said Knight. “It is gratifying to see so many students take part for several years. They enjoy being part of a unique intergenerational tradition in our community that has evolved over the past 22 years and allows them the chance to personally show their gratitude to all veterans. They also express pleasure in being able to honor the service of their own family members, who have served in the Armed Forces.”

The ceremony is a moving and graphic reminder that “freedom is not free.”

The ceremony will also include Dolan post’s award winning color guard, a gun salute by the Lockport Devil Dog Detachment Marine Corps League and “Taps” being played by student volunteers from Lockport High School.

Residents are also asked to fly their American flag on Nov. 11 to thank veterans and to pause to reflect on the price they paid for freedom.

Visit www.partnershipinpatriotism.com for more information.

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