Citizens gathered at Cookeville High School Thursday to deliver a single message to military veterans of the community – Thank You.
State Senator Paul Bailey spoke at the 100th Anniversary of Armistice Day ceremony, noting the importance of honoring those who have served.
“The enormity of their sacrifice is beyond repair, so how do we believe two words, eight letters is enough?” Bailey asked the crowd. “Each day that passes we move further away from these wars. The heroes pass and time pushes in new headlines. Ceremonies are important, but our gratitude must be more than once a year.”
Bailey reminds citizens to take time and honor veterans both living and fallen ahead of Veteran’s Day on Sunday.
“We honor these men and women most by standing and honoring our nation’s flag and the Star Spangled Banner for which they have fought,” Bailey says. “The only time we should kneel is in prayer saying two words, eight letters – ‘Thank You’ to a God for the American veteran.”
The ceremony included recognition of veterans of all branches of service who fought in combat from World War II through today.