November 12, 2013

Show of support: Community turns out to honor veterans

Community turns out to honor veterans

By Amie Sites

---- — Chilly temperatures didn’t stop a crowd from gathering Monday morning on the sidewalks along Broadway and Fourth Street.

Bundled up, spectators waved and cheered to honor veterans as they passed by during the Cass County Veterans Day Parade that began at the County Government Building and ended at the City Hill.

Many people gathered at both buildings to hear local veterans speak before a 21-gun salute, the playing of "Taps" and then the national anthem by Pioneer, Logansport and Lewis Cass high school bands.

County Commissioner Jim Sailors told the crowd he wanted to talk about tomorrow — "a word often taken for granted."

“[Tomorrow] is something we look forward to,” Sailors said. “We will continue to fight for a better tomorrow.”

Superior Court Judge Thomas Perrone also spoke to the crowd.

“We have the opportunity and responsibility to give thanks to those who put on a uniform and serve our country,” Perone said. “We need to honor and respect them. To honor and respect today means to say thank you.”

Led by Grand Marshal Charles Burks, the parade included the Cass County Honor Guard, Color Guard, members of VFW Post 3790, American Legion Post 418, American Legion Post 60 and many more. Several students from All Saints carried flags and walked in the parade.

Many people who attended the parade had personal reasons for wanting to celebrate Veterans Day.

John Davis has been attending the Veterans Day events for 12 years. Davis, who spent six years in the U.S. Army, said there was a good turnout for this year's ceremony.

"We need to remember all our veterans," Davis said.

Leda Ulery, of Logansport, watched the parade as it moved along Broadway. Ulery said she has attended the Veterans Day celebrations for several years.

“My father was a Vietnam veteran,” Ulery said. “I wanted to come to honor him.”

All people who attended had the common goal of honoring veterans.

Two friends attended the Veterans Day celebrations together. Monty Nason and Janet Woodworth both said they caught their breath when the American flag was raised.

“We wanted to come because it’s Veterans Day and [veterans] deserved to be honored,” Woodworth said.

Nason agreed.

“All the people who have fought for us deserve that,” Nason said. “We want to honor them.”

When the parade ended in front of the city building, Mayor Ted Franklin spoke to those attending.

"The constant theme today is to remember every day is Veterans Day," Franklin said.

Franklin asked people to keep our veterans in their thoughts and prayers.

"God bless our veterans, God bless their families and God bless America," Franklin said.

Superior Court Judge Rick Maughmer spoke in front of the city building. He spoke of veterans who are willing to put their lives on hold to serve their country and willing to sacrifice the gift of life.

"A common bond veterans have is the willingness to die for their country," Maughmer said. "... without freedom, life loses much of its meaning."

After the celebration at the city building, the Lewis Cass Marching Kings performed in downtown. The band has been performing on Veterans Day for 45 years, said band director Don Krug.

One of the songs played by the band this year was called "Going Home," which was made popular during World War I, Krug said.

"It can be related to today," Krug said. "We all need to be reminded how important it is to honor veterans."

Amie Sites is a staff reporter at the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5117 or Follow her: @PharosAES.