The Texas City Rotary Club and the city of Texas City will hold its annual event honoring our veterans at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Rotary Pavilion in Nessler Park, 2010 Fifth Ave. N., in Texas City.
Veterans will receive a Rotary Veteran pin and a very warm welcome. There will be a speaker and musical entertainment by one of our school’s choirs. It’s all free and everyone is invited.
This event is for all of us to honor all of our veterans. Certainly our veterans of foreign wars and all veterans that served in harm’s way (dodged bullets) are our real heroes. However, a veteran is anyone that served in the armed forces (wore a uniform). Many of us served behind the lines, in administrative positions and reserves; all necessary to wage war and protect our citizens and friends.
When we say “veteran” I expect each of us have a slightly different feeling of what that word means, but probably not the real meaning. To be a veteran the first things one must do is sign a piece of military paper and recite a vow; the vow being words that describe what you will commit to do by your signature. Now think about this. When we get married we also sign a piece of paper and exchange vows; one often being “til death do us part.” Now, really, we never meant that we would die for our spouse and in fact if in a couple of weeks we change our mind, it’s done; forget the vows, I’m gone. Not so with the military paper you signed; no take backs. You signed a paper that basically turned your body and your life over to a military fighting group for a specified time to be used up (die) if necessary.
This is serious stuff; you may later be referred to as (KIA) killed in action, (MIA) missing in action, (POW) prisoner of war, (DV) disabled vet or, hopefully, war hero with medals to signify such. My point is that a veteran is a very special and serious person. Our recent military deaths make my point. It’s not for everyone and that’s OK; some are not suited for the ultimate commitment and choose to serve in other ways. Hope this changes the way you feel when you say “veteran.” All veterans (everyone that signed the paper) are invited and all deserve our thanks.
If you have never been to one of these events you’ve missed a very moving part of the program where each group of veterans gather (or stand) before the audience by which service they served as their respective hymns are played.
As always (since the dates are nearly the same) we also recognize the U.S. Marine Corps birthday on Nov. 10; 242 years of service since 1775.
And finally we will have free hot dogs and drinks for everyone.