By CRISTIN REECE
PALESTINE — Palestine police, along with local veterans' organizations, are treating some of the area's most important citizens to the most important meal of the day Friday morning.
Breakfast will be served to Anderson County's current and former military members from 8 to 10 a.m., Friday at the Palestine Civic Center, 1819 W. Spring St., to honor them for their service to the country and kick off Veterans' Day, which is Monday, Nov. 11.
“We want all veterans to come enjoy breakfast with us,” Palestine Police Department Community Liaison Officer Brenda Galindo said. “It's free of charge and the least we can do for those who have done and continue to do so much for our country.”
This is the second event the Palestine Police Department has organized to honor veterans. Volunteers will serve vets a hearty country breakfast that includes eggs, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon and sausage, fresh fruit and all the fixings. Beverages will include coffee, juice and water.
Partners in this event include the Veterans Historic Education Center, Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary, American Legion Auxiliary, Veterans Service Center, Vietnam Veterans of America & Associates Chapter 991 and the Palestine Economic Development Corporation.
“We especially want to thank all our sponsors who provided the food and the volunteers who stepped up to help make it all happen,” Galindo said.
Those include Denny's, Whataburger, Chip's Burger, Dairy Queen, Taco Bell, Sonic of Palestine, Brookshire's, Candis Lively, Knights of Columbus, Encompass Home Health, DME & Grace Home Health Services, Jordan Health Services, Dogwood Trails Assisted Living, Veterans of Foreign Post 3907 and Ladies Auxiliary and Associates of Vietnam Veteran's of America No. 991
According to the website, www.military.com, “Nov. 11, or what has come to be known as Veterans Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor Armistice Day - the end of World War I, which officially took place on Nov.11, 1918. In legislature that was passed in 1938, Nov. 11 was dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.' As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.”
“In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress, at the urging of the veterans service organizations, amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word 'Armistice' and inserting the word 'Veterans.' With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov.11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”
The website, www.military.com ,is the the online presence of Military Advantage, and “is committed to the mission of connecting the military community to all the advantages earned in service to America.” Military Advantage's advisory board includes two former members of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, as well as other academic and business leaders, the site states.