Veterans Day, 2018: Service to nation recalled, honored
A reminder of the high cost of freedom
MADISON COUNTY - Sunday, November 11, Veterans Day, was a day to honor veterans and think about the high cost of the freedoms American’s enjoy.
Several events were held across the county.
In Ennis, veterans and their families were offered a free breakfast at the Madison Valley Baptist Church, north of Ennis along Highway 287, from 9– 10:30 a.m.
Following the hearty breakfast, camaraderie and remembrances at the church, rancher Brett Owens, of McAlister, an Air Force veteran, whose missions included in-flight refueling efforts on large aircraft, shared his thoughts on what Veterans Day was all about, recalling the millions of men and women who fought and died to maintain the American way of life. Owens said he was proud to have followed in the footsteps of these fine Americans and talked about the oath service personnel swear to abide by.
Madison Valley Baptist Church Pastor, Dr. Ray Teston, said the church thanked all the veterans for their service and that the church could be there because of this.
“You are the real heroes,” he said.
Following the breakfast, at 11 a.m., Trinity Episcopal Church in Jeffers and St. Paul’s Episcopal in Virginia City rang their church bells to commemorate the signing of the armistice that ended World War I, the “war to end all wars,” on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month – the root of Veterans Day.
The churches, by participating in this ceremony, sought to honor those who have gone before them to bring peace to the world.
The bell ringing ceremony was also conceived and designed in collaboration with the honor guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, to provide a solemn reminder of the sacrifice and service of veterans of World War I and all veterans.
Also at 11 a.m., the United Veterans of Twin Bridges honored the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day, the ending of WWI, by ringing the Church of the Valley bell 21 times. Jerry Bud Redfield had the honor of ringing the bell.
Following the bell ringing, veterans also gathering back at Madison Valley Baptist Church for a evening meal, at 6 p.m. Ham, green bean casserole and pies were on the menu, with potluck additions provided by guests.
All in all, it was a day to remember and reflect on the high costs of freedom.