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Nov. 12, 2017 at 6:16 p.m.

Letter to the editor:

Veterans in Panola County appreciate all the recognition bestowed on us in the past week starting on Nov. 8 with the publication of veterans' photos in the Panola Watchman and culminating in the Veterans' Day ceremony on Nov. 11.

The recognition we received from Panola College and the Carthage ISD is noteworthy because it brought us before a younger generation. If these students learn about the nation's military history and the men and women who served in the armed forces, it was well worth the effort.

At Panola College on Nov. 9, members of the Green Jackets served veterans and guests a wonderful dinner in the new student center while we were entertained by the student band. The dinner was organized principally by Amy Calhoun who did a great job, and credit also goes to Dr. Gregory Powell and all the students and staff who made this occasion possible.

The next morning, Carthage Junior High School sponsored a breakfast for veterans and guests. We were escorted by members of the junior high honor society and we appreciate the students, Principal Wade Watson and members of the CISD administration who also attended. The breakfast was followed by a program in the school auditorium with patriotic music and an inspirational video. Bev Brown, the guest speaker, spoke eloquently about the sacrifices of veterans and today's service men and women to keep America "the land of the free and the home of the brave."

I'm glad to report that patriotism is alive and well in Panola County and veterans are truly grateful for this outpouring of support. Korean and Vietnam vets weren't accorded the victory celebrations like the heroes of World War II. And that's why we're thankful that veterans returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other battlefields in the war on terrorism are welcomed home with honors.

Please remember them in your prayers and for God to continue his blessings on America.


John D. Foster

Carthage, Texas



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