BY JUSTIN MINYARD
Armistice Day, Remembrance Day or Veterans Day â€” whatever it may be referred to as, it is the one day the year where the nation, as a collective, shines a spotlight on the trials, tribulations and prestige of combat-hardened patriots who placed their lives on the line in the name of preserving the American standard.
West Point veterans and residents gathered in the garret of City Hall Monday to propound an air of gratitude to those who have, first-hand, experienced the ills which have long plagued humankindâ€™s desire for peace and equality.
â€śItâ€™s so heartening to see so many people here today,â€ť said Mayor Robbie Robinson.
To Robinson and the city, a ceremony of this nature is as necessary as â€śbreathing out and breathing in.â€ť A vital component of a society which gives due recognition to the forces which so selflessly defend their homeland and fellow countrymen.
â€śItâ€™s a sad day when people have contributed to the success of our country and we donâ€™t recognize them for it,â€ť said Robinson. â€śThey deserve the recognition and they deserve the honor.â€ť
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In addition to honoring local veterans, the city named two specifically as 2013 Veterans of the Year.