Veterans Day 2017

By Lynn Hobbs

Approximately 200 people attended the Veterans Day celebration at the Putnam County Veterans Wall of Honor Park Saturday morning.

“This is one of the best Veterans Day ceremonies anywhere in Georgia,” keynote speaker Commander (Ret.) Thomas Rosseter, of the United States Coast Guard, said, bringing an “amen” from the audience as well as a round of applause.

Giving some history of the special day, which was formerly known as Armistice Day, Rosseter said he remembered in the 1940s, when school children, and anyone, said the “Pledge of Allegiance” to the flag, they would hold their right arm straight out with the palm down. Then, because that resembled the “Heil Hitler” Nazi salute of Nazi Germany, the tradition in America was changed to facing the palm of the hand up.

“Not long after, I remember it was changed to our hand over our heart,” he said, “which is most fitting because it shows our hearts are committed to our country, our flag, to living in harmony… and there is no way to maintain our freedom without cost, without commitment, or without risks.

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