A salute to service 2018, locals pay tribute to area service men and women
It’s the kind of morning that you wake up and hear the wind unrelentingly bear down on everything in its path. It’s the kind of day where many stay inside, warm and cozy against the winter winds.
But for the Monticello Rotary Club and many of their grandchildren and children, they spent the chilly morning paying tribute to past servicemen and women at the Monticello Cemetery Nov. 10.
It was a small sacrifice to the true one many of the men and women they were honoring that day had given for their families and nation.
Only the grown-ups complained, as the club went through the cemetery with a map that identified all the service members in order to adorn their grave with a cross complete with an American flag.
It’s an annual tradition that many in the club have been doing for years now, despite how the weather is that day. It’s something that helps them remember those who served for others and recognize their service on Veterans Day.
On Monday, Nov. 12, the Monticello High School held a special Veterans breakfast in their home economics classroom at 7 a.m.
At 8 a.m., a special assembly was held in which all the veterans in attendance were recognized and introduced. Many of them gave a brief description of their service before being presented with applause and recognition.
Many who had made the ultimate sacrifice for their country were not there to be recognized, and their families were presented with flowers as their pictures flashed across the overhead projectors.
The San Juan Record would like to thank all the servicemen and women who keep this country strong and proud, defending liberty and justice for all of us. Without you, we would never know freedom. Thank you for your service.