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Woodland deserves crowds

In the past few days Lawrence Countians have shown once again what a sense of patriotism those of us who live here feel. On Friday, Fairland Middle School had its traditional breakfast for veterans in the eastern end. Today Burlington Elementary School is offering a special program honoring veterans.

Lawrence County Commission administrator Tami Ailster has put up for the fourth year the Wall of Honor where photographs brought in by family members are placed on the wall on the third floor of the courthouse.

And there is so much more.

Sadly the one event that doesn’t attract the crowds it should will happen on Wednesday, the actual Veterans Day. That is the Woodland Cemetery service put on by the VFW 8850.

Anyone who has attended the ceremony at the veterans’ section of the cemetery knows it is filled with inspiring words and music.

The service honors the time when the actual fighting between the Allies and Germany stopped on the 11th hour in the morning on the 11th day of the 11th month.

That is why Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day marking the signing of the peace treaty between the two enemies.

However, this event does not draw the crowds that the Memorial Day ceremony on the last Sunday in May does.

Perhaps it is because of the time when there are fewer and fewer stay-at-home moms or even dads. People are working.

But the service is so special. It deserves better attendance so much so those who work should consider skipping their lunch to come to the cemetery.

They will leave with a stronger appreciation of our men and women who gave up so much to serve.