Veterans Day program set for Tuesday morning

Published 10:36 pm Monday, November 10, 2014

Veterans Day is considered a time to honor, remember and recognize the truly brave men and women who have served this country and provided its people with the luxury of freedom.

World War I ended on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

The day was later named Armistice Day, before becoming a national holiday and eventually renamed Veteran’s Day to honor all that have served.

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Tuesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m., a Veterans Day program will take place at Memorial Stadium in Selma to continue the annual day of celebration for the veterans of this country.

Jesus Sanchez, the coordinator of the event and a veteran himself, said the reason they have the annual celebration is “to commemorate the veteran’s of all of the wars.”

The program has been going on for many years, and Sanchez said it continues to get more popular.

“We started real small, and we kept building it up, and it has gotten bigger and bigger every year for the last five years,” Sanchez said. “We try to include every segment of the population.”

Starting at 9:30 a.m., gates will open to the stadium for the public, followed by music at 10 a.m.

The official program will begin at 11 a.m.

In attendance will be Bikers for Christ, the Junior ROTC from Southside High School, dignitaries of Selma and Dallas County, homecoming queens from area high schools and many veteran’s.

“To me, it is important that we bring the young people into the program, where they can learn more about the history of the military program, that has stood by and fought, so that they might enjoy the freedoms and liberties that they enjoy on a daily basis.” Sanchez said. “It’s very important that they learn about the true meaning of the American flag. They need to be aware of the importance that Veteran’s Day was designed to honor those who have fought.”