Thank you veterans ~ those who are near and far ~ your sacrifices are truly appreciated! This Veteran’s Day there is a great opportunity to recognize our local veterans at Sycamore High School starting at 7:30 a.m. The Sycamore History Museum will be there with a display featuring many local veterans, past and present. There will be several others exhibiting information about local veterans. What a great opportunity for Sycamore High School students to learn about these heroes. Larry Forsberg, who in charge of organizing this event, was recently interviewed by the Midweek. http://www.midweeknews.com/articles/2016/11/07/5c6f38c7ed0a4e42afef219a180b3db5/index.xml
As a history museum, we also wanted to look back and see what Sycamore has done in the past to recognize our veterans. There is an article in the Sycamore True Republican in 1963, that explains that in 1954, at the request of the American Legion and other veterans groups, November 11 was set aside as Veteran’s Day (formerly Armistice Day) as a occasion to honor all Americans veterans of all wars and a day dedicated to world peace. The article also includes a thoughtful Proclamation from Mayor Harold Johnson:
WHEREAS, the men and woman who served in our Nation’s armed forces have contributed immeasurably to the preservation of America’s freedom and to the advancement of the goal of world peace; and
WHEREAS, the Nation is eternally grateful to our veterans for these contributions; and
WHEREAS, it is fitting that we set aside a special day each year to honor our veterans and give a nationwide expression of our esteem for them; and
WHEREAS, the Congress of the United States has declared the eleventh day of November of each year to be a legal holiday and designed it as VETERANS DAY in honor of our veterans and as a day dedicated to the cause of world peace;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Harold Johnson, Mayor of the City of Sycamore, do herby call upon all our citizens to observe Monday, November 11, 1963 as VETERANS DAY, and ask that the day be observed with appropriate ceremonies and the display of the Flag of the United States at each and every residence and business firm not only in tribute to our veterans, but also in rededication to the cause of peace with honor throughout the world.
Please take time this Veteran’s Day to thank those who have so generously served our country!