Local VFW Post Commemorates Veteran's Day

By Forrest Sanders | 

The 11th day of the 11th month of the year, at 11 a.m.

That's when the Treaty of Versailles was signed in France, signaling the end of World War I.

On the anniversary of this important date and time, Kentucky war veterans arrived at VFW Post 1298 in Bowling Green for a commemoration of Veteran's Day.

It's a gathering of over 200 war veterans and for 88-year-old Cecil Williams, it's a chance to share stories from a lifetime serving America.

"In 1940, I had to register for the draft. A year later, I got a letter from Uncle Sam saying, 'I want you.'"

Just one year later, Cecil was serving in Hawaii, witnessing the attack on Pearl Harbor firsthand.

It's an event that Cecil wants his fellow countrymen to always remember and honoring the sacrifices of the country's war veterans is what this ceremony is all about.

"It is important for the public to know that these guys went out and risked their life for them, their homes and their freedoms. That's what it's all about and we're glad so many people are here today," explained Post Commander Michael Graf.

For many, it's a solemn occasion with a table even reserved for the soldiers who never made it back home from war.

But no matter whether these veterans served in--World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm or Iraq, there's a strong sense of community among all those who once risked their life for their country.

"There's people that's been out born to battle. It's a brotherhood that lasts the rest of their life," Graf said.

Graf added that he's very thankful to the Bowling Green community for a strong turnout at the Veteran's Day Parade in Bowling Green.

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