Jordan addresses Veterans Day crowd
Granville gathered for the annual recognition of those who have served to protect the nation in times of war and peace Friday for Veterans Day.
On a day when the lost tradition of ringing bells at 11 a.m. once again returned to Granville and towns across Washington County, residents came out to see the parade honoring those who served and in many cases sacrificed to keep the nation safe.
Representative Tony Jordan addressed the crowd in Veterans Park following placing of wreathes on the monuments, the playing of the Star Spangled Banner and taps.
“I’ve always admired the toughness and commitment of Granville and on a day like today you realize it – anybody can hold a parade in May when it’s 70 degrees and warm, but year after year Granville has a Veterans Day Parade and it’s always received such great support,” Jordan said.
Jordan said that toughness and commitment preceded even the formation of a Granville as men, and now women, have always answered the call when it came time to take action that helps to provide Americans with the freedoms they have today.
With a father and a next door neighbor who each survived a prisoner of war camps during World War II he said he got used to the idea that serving in the military and paying a high price was just something you did and then did not talk about. However he said he was glad to witness the turnout for the annual acknowledgment of veterans in Granville.
“Growing up in the time that I did we were very lucky in that we didn’t have the conflicts and the wars that are going on today it’s hard not to appreciate and be reminded every day of the true sacrifice our men and women, veterans across this country have given so that we can enjoy the freedoms that we do today,” Jordan said.
“Being able to be a part of this and publicly express my gratitude and my thanks to those that serve today and have served in years past is perhaps the greatest joy that being your assemblyman brings to me in this service,” he said.