Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Veterans Day - What Does it Mean to You?

Editor's note: Today's post was written by Sandra Gardner-Benward

        Veterans Day Ceremony, Tuesday November 11, 2014

I usually start the day off with my husband Chuck (a veteran himself) visiting Sylvan Cemetery on Auburn Blvd, Citrus Heights under the gazebo. 

Generally the American Legion #637 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars hold the Veterans Day service. (Thank You)  Special Guests are invited..... usually Supervisor 4th District Roberta Mac Glashan, Citrus Heights Mayor Mel Turner and other members of the Citrus Heights city council, Citrus Height Police Chief Christopher Boyd, Citrus Heights Boy Scout Troop #228 (so good to see the Scouts involved year after year........  this is the Troop both my sons & step son were involved with- Love the scouting program), Folsom Harmony Express singers, and the Citrus Heights Police Department Honor Guard and bugler Ray Latimer. There might be a surprise of two. We listen, sing and share stories and sing some more .......... it is always uplifting. 

I honor my father (Lt Col John P Gardner Jr) and mother (Lt Mary Jane Little) who were both veterans from World War II. My dad also served in Korea. Both served their country, made it through and lived long lives. 

I honor my husband Sgt Charles Benward who served in Thailand. 

What are you doing today? 
Are there family traditions you do today? 
Is there someone you honor today? 
Have you written these stories down? 
 If not do it now, do it before you forget the details and don't have anyone to ask.

          Teach children to know the importance of remembering

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