100 years ago the armistice was signed between World War I Allies and Germany, marking the end of the battle.
“This is the 100th year of World War I, a war that was supposed to end all wars,” said Leland Lucas, Hymera Post 298 chaplain.
A war to end all wars, it was not, and since then countless numbers of troops have fought to defend the United States. Monday, the Sullivan community honored those men and women with a display of military traditions.
“It’s an honor to do this because we wouldn’t have this freedom that began with our forefathers. It’s a very small percent that actually served,” says Lucas.
In addition to the firing of weapons and playing of Taps, a new memorial was placed outside of the Sullivan Courthouse to honor veterans of the past, present, and future.
“This has been about a year and a half project for us to do this and we had the help of the Legion and the VFW to get this monument,” said Pam Irvin, Vice President of the Sullivan County Garden Club.
There are Blue Star memorials across the country and Irvin is happy that she could help bring one to her own community. “I have a husband that is a Vietnam veteran, and having this on the courthouse square with the rest of the monuments is very important to the community.”
Organizers of the ceremony are proud of Sullivan’s commitment to pay respect to our veterans.
“To remember these veterans is just to me awesome. It’s responsibility as a nation we should have,” said Lucas.
Veterans were not only honored during the ceremony but they were also treated to a free lunch after the event ended.