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Veterans: please participate in Laconia ceremony at 11 on Wednesday

To The Daily Sun,

The Laconia VFW and Laconia American Legion posts will have a ceremony at the Veterans Square Memorial on Wednesday, Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. We will be joined by Mayor Ed Engler and the Laconia High School Band for music and overall thanks to all veterans who have ever served our country.

I am sending out this invitation to all of my comrades to please participate in this ceremony.

There will be a light lunch at the VFW Post after the ceremony and I encourage all to stop by and see what we're doing and what we're all about.

As the holiday season nears we need help supporting our veteran's and their families as well as homeless vets and those soldiers currently serving our country.

I look forward to meeting any and all who come to the ceremony and look forward to your support.

Bill North, Commander

VFW Post 1670


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Let us add to our day of celebration the International Day of Peace

To The Daily Sun,

Many will celebrate Veterans Day this week. It is a time to think not just about the military service of many, but also to be thankful for the millions of persons who gave service without a military uniform.

It was President Wilson who, in 1918, called the day Armistice Day and asked the nation to remember those who had died in service to our country and to make the day an opportunity for America to "show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nation." In 1938 Congress called for the observance of Armistice Day in churches and schools, dedicating the day to the cause of world peace. In 1954 President Eisenhower asked us "to remember the sacrifices of those who fought in all our nation's wars and to rededicate ourselves to promoting enduring peace."

As we mourn our losses and celebrate our freedoms on the 11th of November, the last Monday in May and the Fourth of July, let us never forget the efforts of so many who give protection to our country and over the seas as well as those who engage in peacemaking activities around the world. Let us add to our celebrations the International Day of Peace on Sept. 21, a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.

Let us remember the spoken words of Quaker George Fox in 1651: "... let us live our lives and do our work to take away the occasion of all wars."

Susan Wiley


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