Offer your ‘thanks’ to those who have served our country | Editorial

With the holiday season just around the corner, Veterans Day is a time for us to pause and take a moment to recognize the sacrifices others have made so that we may enjoy our freedoms.

Veterans Day is Monday, Nov. 11 and, starting this weekend, there are several ways you can honor American military veterans and the victims of all wars.

Not surprisingly, Whidbey Island is home to many service veterans. In a patriotic show of respect, Oak Harbor is holding its annual Veterans Day parade at 2 p.m., Saturday along Midway Boulevard and Pioneer Way.

The parade will include banners featuring the images of 50 fallen heroes.

Grand Marshal of this year’s parade in Oak Harbor is Olga Belevich Evans, who served as a flight nurse in World War II.

Evans was one of approximately 1,500 army flight nurses in this country’s history. She served for two years, one month, and 13 days, from July 1, 1943 to Aug. 13, 1945. She was issued an Honorable Service Lapel Button when she was discharged as a first lieutenant.

Also on Saturday there will be a “Forget-Me-Not” drive conducted by the local chapter of the Disabled American Veterans. Vets will be selling the trademark blue flower 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at locations throughout Oak Harbor.

Proceeds from the annual fund-raising drive will go toward the group’s programs and transportation needs.

On Monday, Veterans Day will be observed with a solemn ceremony honoring veterans outside the Island County Commissioner’s Hearing Room in Coupeville.

On a lighter note, an entertaining affair will be offered 11 a.m. Monday when “A Musical Salute to our Veterans” is performed at Oak Harbor High School by students and groups such as the  An-O-Chords barbershop chorus, Daybreak Trio and the All-Island Community Band. NAS Whidbey Commander Capt. Mike Nortier will be guest speaker.

These are some of the ways you can help honor America’s veterans.

However, if nothing else, offering a veteran a “thank you, for serving” will undoubtedly be appreciated.


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