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By Pastor Den Slattery

This Sunday we will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 10 at the Grass Lake United Methodist Church at 10:00 am. Our country has been celebrating Veterans Day since the end of WWI. Back then it was called Armistice Day. The name was changed to Veterans Day by an act of Congress in 1954. On Veterans Day we remember the sacrifices and service of all our men and women who have ever served in the military.

Some people seem to think that Veterans Day and Memorial Day are the same thing, but they aren’t. On Memorial Day we remember those who died in combat, but on Veterans Day the focus is on not just those who died but those who lived to tell about it as well. Our military today represents less than 1% of our total population in America. They are the only thing that stands between us and all of our enemies. I think they deserve our respect.    

Throughout our history brave men and women have stepped forward to wear the uniforms of the Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force and Coast Guard. Grass Lake has about 20 of our own serving right now. Our country would not be the same without their sacrifices. So for all who have ever worn the uniforms—we want to salute you and say “Thank you.” Will you help us do that?

This Sunday the Grass Lake United Methodist Church will have a special Veterans Day celebration at 10:00 a.m. Joining us will be the Jackson Community College Cadets, American Legion, Marine Corps League, VFW, Golden Knights, the Gideon’s, and the Calvary Brass Band. Please join us for this special event and bring a vet along so we can honor them and their service. Hope to see you there.

Den Slattery

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