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November 9, 2013

TUCKER: Remembering Our Veterans

Tonawanda News — alute to Veterans

A number of schools and service organizations email their newsletters to the community desk and it’s a great way to keep up on what’s happening around town.

With Veterans Day on Monday, the note from Colleen Politowski, principal at St. Francis of Assisi School in Tonawanda, in the school’s newsletter really hit the spot.

Here’s part of her message: “Veterans Day has always been an important day in my military family. Sometimes it is easy to forget that men and women are fighting for freedom everyday, because it is not something that we see with our own eyes. ... All too often, we are brought back to reality because a soldier is brought home after making the ultimate sacrifice. My husband recently flew back from Georgia on a business trip. Before everyone disembarked from the plane, the pilot asked the passengers to wait until the family of a fallen soldier could get off the plane and join the honor guard as the soldier’s remains were ceremoniously transferred to the awaiting hearse. Once the family stood and left, some people got off, but the majority of the plane’s passengers waited until the soldier was transferred. Not a word was spoken by any passenger. It was a silent reflection — a sad reminder of the price our Veteran’s pay.”

Veterans Day

The annual Veterans Day ceremony at the Renaissance Bridge is at 11 a.m., Monday. The ceremony, ends with a wreath cast into the canal, a poignant reminder of all the heros we have. And to get into the spirit of the day, enjoy the American Legion Band Veterans Day concert at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at the Riviera Theatre. A truly rousing tribute to those who have, and still are, serving the nation.

Kudos to the North Tonawanda mayor and the recreation department for hosting a Veterans Day breakfast for all veterans on Monday at the North Tonawanda Senior Center.

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