One thing for which we can all be thankful this Thanksgiving Day is the men and women who have served and those who are now serving in the military.
The crowd who gathered for the annual Veterans Day ceremony on the Courtsquare this year appeared a bit larger than in the recent past. After the controversies of the Vietnam War and the questions that have been raised about whether we should or should not have been involved in Iraq, some had apparently forgotten the sacrifices of those who served. The memories of World War II, when there was no doubt that the United States had a moral obligation to go to war, had vanished with the deaths of most of those who were alive at the time.
While there were some who blamed those who served during Vietnam, the vast majority understood that they did so because of their legal obligation and in some cases because of their patriotism--even if they didn't necessarily agree with our aims in that conflict.
Less than one percent of all Americans have ever served in the military. We've now had several Presidents who didn't serve in any real conflict. But at least an appreciation for those who have served appears to have gained a new presence among the populace.
On Veterans Day, Monica Lockwood was announced as the Lincoln County Veteran of the Year.
Born in Missouri, Monica grew up in the Rochester area of upstate New York. She joined the US Marine Corps in the summer of 1966 and served until July 1968.
“I wanted to join the Air Force, but there was a two-year waiting list and so I decided on the Marine Corps instead,” she said.
Lockwood has been involved with several veteran's organizations. She served as the first female commander in the history of her American Legion post in New York and she’s now a member of American Legion Post 100 in Cherryville. She is also a member of the Lincoln County Marine Corps League as well as the Disabled American Veterans and Vietnam Veterans.
Monica was on hand the Thursday before Veterans Day when Union Elementary School held its annual Veterans Breakfast. She rode in the Lincolnton Veterans Day Parade before being honored at the ceremony on the Courtsquare.
As a part of the observance at Union School, a video produced by students at the Lincoln County School of Technology featuring Union students was shown. It reflects the change in attitude that we have seen develop over the last few years. CLICK HERE to view it.
As we pause to count our blessings, we say thank you to Monica and all the others who have worn the uniforms of our military. We pause once again to say sincerely, thank you for your service.
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