Veterans Day


By U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

Almost one hundred years ago, American soldiers fighting in France, farm boys and car mechanics, turned the tide of World War I. Because of their valor, that terrible war ended at the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month of the year. To celebrate, Americans named November 11, 1918, ‘Armistice Day.’

Today, we call it Veterans Day.

 

On this day, our country honors all her service members: her hallowed dead, the living veterans who can always hold their heads high with pride, and those selfless ones who serve still. They are our sons and daughters, nieces and nephews, mothers and fathers. They come from all walks of life; they carry the same virtues within them.

 

They possess courage, patriotism, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty, and integrity. At every moment in our history, they have made our country stronger.

 

After World War II, veterans returning to Nebraska went back to school. They became farmers; they raised families. They contributed in wonderful ways to our communities. They fueled economic growth and prosperity all across our state.

 

Throughout the last century, American service members have answered challenges from many foes. They confronted communism on the battlefield and in the hearts and minds of millions around the world. The populations of entire countries live in freedom today because of their efforts.

 

This undertaking was not without great cost. Americans are now commemorating the Vietnam conflict, which began in 1965, more than 50 years ago. Little did we know, at that time, how deeply it would scar our country. More than 58,000 service members lost their lives in Vietnam. The Vietnam Wall in our nation’s capital stands as a testament to their patriotism and commitment. It is also a place of healing. 

 

On December 26, 1991, the Soviet Union officially dissolved. With it, a brutal and villainous political philosophy was left, as President Ronald Reagan said, on the “ash heap of history.”

 

Now, in our new century, American service members battle a different villain: radical Islamic terrorism. They meet this challenge courageously, confident in the love and support of their families at home.

 

Those families carry their own burden. The pain of separation is profound, constantly present in the empty chair at the table on birthdays or over the holidays. Sometimes, the chair remains empty.

 

When I meet with families that have lost their service member, I hear the same fear again and again. It is the fear that their loved one’s sacrifice will be forgotten. It is our duty to show them that Nebraskans never forget.

 

History teaches us that, after every conflict, a re-energized and re-focused America emerges. We often see economic growth emanate from returning veterans, eager to raise families and pursue the American dream. But we see something even more significant: a renewal of appreciation for our families, our country, and our way of life.

 

This optimism is described by Henry Van Dyke in his poem America for Me. A preacher, poet, and diplomat, Van Dyke served as American ambassador to the Netherlands during the beginning of World War I: 

 

‘Tis fine to see the Old World, and travel up and down

Among the famous palaces and cities of renown,

 

To admire the crumbly castles and the statues of the kings,—

But now I think I’ve had enough of antiquated things.

 

So it’s home again, and home again, America for me!

My heart is turning home again, and there I long to be,

 

In the land of youth and freedom beyond the ocean bars,

Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars!

 

This Veterans Day, I hope you will take a moment to thank a veteran who has sacrificed to preserve our nation and our way of life.

Thank you for participating in the democratic process. I look forward to visiting with you again next week.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer

 

Governor Ricketts Veteran’s Day Statement


Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Veterans Day:

“Veterans Day provides an opportunity to celebrate the commitment and sacrifice of our state’s military heroes.  It is a day deeply steeped in patriotic symbolism commemorating and honoring generations of past and present military service members and their families.

“On behalf of all Nebraskans, Susanne and I thank all of our state’s veterans for their service and their sacrifices.  You have made Nebraskans proud.  You are part of what makes Nebraska so great.”

 

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer’s Veteran’s Day Statement


U.S. Senator Deb Fischer (R-Neb.) released the following statement today in honor of Veterans Day:

 “Our country is safe thanks to the generations of exceptional citizens who have answered the call of duty. Their sacrifices have been borne to ensure our grandchildren and greatgrandchildren can grow and thrive in the land of the free. I hope all Nebraskans will continue our state’s proud commitment of honoring our veterans on Veterans Day, and every day.”

Flags not on Display in Lyons for Veteran’s Day due to High Winds and Heavy Rain Forecasted


The City of Lyons will not have flags on display tomorrow for Veteran’s Day due to the heavy rain and wind that has been forecast. 

“We just don’t want to see the flags destroyed in the bad weather,” Lyons Mayor Andy Fuston stated.

 

Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Events in Oakland


Be sure to mark the dates below on your calendar for upcoming events to attend in Oakland.

November 3rd, 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Election Day School Feed at the Oakland Mercy Hospital. Free will donation.

November 11th, 10:00 a.m., Veteran’s Day Program at Oakland-Craig Secondary Building, lunch to follow.

December 3rd, 4:30-10:00 p.m. Wine and Cheese at Nelson’s Food Pride.

December 4th-6th, 7:00 p.m. Tri-County Play at Oakland City Auditorium.

December 6th, Tour of Homes (4 homes) by Oakland Women’s Club, Also Spaghetti Feed at Veteran’s Building, beginning at 11:00 a.m.

December 10th, Santa Lucia program at Swedish Heritage Center, 2 programs beginning at 9:30 a.m. Also, Wine and Cheese Night from 4:30-11:00 p.m. at same location.

December 13th, 4:30-10:00 p.m. Smorgasbord Concert at Swedish Heritage Center.

December 19th, 10:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. Christmas tasting at Nelson’s Food Pride.

Thank you to those who take the time to hold and participate in the events. Oakland is going to be the place to be for enjoying fall/winter and holiday seasons!

 

Nebraska Game and Parks Commission Offices Closed for Holidays


All Nebraska Game and Parks Commission offices will be closed Oct. 12 for Columbus Day and Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

The closures include Game and Parks headquarters in Lincoln, district offices in Norfolk, North Platte and Alliance, service centers in Bassett and Kearney, Ak-Sar-Ben Aquarium and the Omaha office.

The Nebraska Game and Parks Outdoor Education Center in Lincoln will be open on Columbus Day. It will be closed on Veterans Day, which falls on a Wednesday this year. The center is closed on Wednesdays.

Retirement of Colors at Veterans Day Ceremony


The Scout Troop retires the colors at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The Scout Troop retires the colors at the Veterans Day Ceremony in Oakland. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

OC Choir Sings Many Patriotic Selections at the Veterans Day Ceremony


The OC Jr. and Sr. High Choir sing patriotic songs under the direction of Cindy Blanc at the Veterans Day Ceremony. Both photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

The OC Jr. and Sr. High Choir sing patriotic songs under the direction of Cindy Blanc at the Veterans Day Ceremony. Both photos credit of Denise Gilliland/Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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Veterans Day Ceremony Held in Oakland


Saluting the American flag during the Veterans Day Ceremony were, from left, Mary Alice Pearson, Duane Hinman, Bill Hultquist, Bob Martin and Mike Blanc. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Saluting the American flag during the Veterans Day Ceremony were, from left, Kathy Semarau, Mary Alice Pearson, Duane Hinman, Bill Hultquist, Bob Martin and Mike Blanc. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Veterans Day Ceremony at the Oakland-Craig School


Mike Blanc, Master of Ceremonies, begins the Veterans Day Program at the Oakland-Craig School. Also pictured are Duane Hinman, from left, Bill Hultquist and Bob Martin. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Mike Blanc, Master of Ceremonies, begins the Veterans Day Program at the Oakland-Craig School. Also pictured are Duane Hinman, from left, Bill Hultquist and Bob Martin. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland Pack 160 of the Cub Scouts Presented the Colors at the beginning of the Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

Oakland Pack 160 of the Cub Scouts Presented the Colors at the beginning of the Veterans Day Ceremony. Photo Credit/Denise Gilliland, Editor and Chief, Kat Country Hub.

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