ON WE GO! – November 14, 2018
Submitted on November 14, 2018
As you are aware, last Sunday, November 11th, was Veterans Day, with Monday, November 12th, as the accompanying Federal Holiday. November 11th this year marked the Centennial Commemoration of the end of World War I. That conflict, referred to as ‘The Great War’, was certainly one of the most significant and formative events in the history of our country, and of the world. It did not end all wars, for there have been major conflicts since. In light of this history, it is the right and good thing to honor the men and women who have served our country courageously in pursuit of our freedoms, ideals, and aspirations across many decades.
For a tidbit from my family history, my grandfather served in the U.S. Army during World War I. Enlisting at the age of 21, he received his basic training, but was never shipped overseas. He was honorably discharged on April 15, 1919, at the U.S. chemical plant in Saltville, Virginia. His discharge paper states that, as a veteran, he was entitled to purchase a railroad ticket for his trip home, at 2/3 of the regular rate. Later, as final remuneration for his service, he was paid a $60.00 bonus. Indeed, it was a different day!
On We Go!