Happy Veterans Day

By Debra Moore

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It’s Wednesday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day,  and the day set aside to honor all of those who have served our country in the military. It was originally called Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I, but now provides an annual opportunity to acknowledge our veterans.

All federal, state and local government offices are closed today. The U.S. Postal Service is closed, as well as public schools. Banks are closed, but the stock market is open. Local retailers will be open.

Raymond Simone circa late 1951 during the Korean War.

It would be hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a veteran in their life. Today, I want to honor my father, Raymond Simone, who died this past September. His birthday would have been Nov. 8 and he would have turned 92. Since his birthday always fell near Veterans Day, I would celebrate both. One year I sent him flowers to honor his service, though he didn’t understand why; he said it was just his duty. It was only in recent years that he spoke about his time in the Korean War; about some of the horror that he witnessed as a young man, but also some of the humanity. Today, I remember him with love and pride and tears in my eyes. Thank you Dad for your service. And for all veterans, Plumas News offers our heartfelt appreciation.