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11/8/2013 6:01:00 AM
TIMES EDITORIAL: Remembering our veterans Monday, November 11

Congratulations to Blythe City Council member newcomer Tim Wade and incumbents Joey DeConinck and Oscar Galvan. You have a long road ahead of you. Good luck.

Thank you to the Blythe voters for choosing to keep the City Clerk and City Treasurer positions accountable to the people. You decided to keep the power with the voters instead of giving it to the council and city manager.

Now we turn our attention to the reason we have the power to vote and the freedom allotted to us in this country - the veterans. This coming Monday at 11:11 a.m., all citizens should honor and celebrate the men and women who have fought for the rights and freedoms we use daily. Our soldiers continue to selflessly fight daily for this country and its citizens. We should not think twice about taking a moment to think about them or to pray for their safety on any day but especially Monday.

For those who have the day off, we suggest they travel to Chiriaco Summit for the annual Veterans Day celebration at General Patton Museum. The museum has a full day of events planned including guest speakers, war displays, re-enactments, and a flyover by the WAR Birds West. The museum also will unveil the new Korean War Wall. Food booths and a chili contest also add to the day's festivities. The museum opens at 9 a.m. with the program starting promptly at 11 a.m.

Locally, the Veteran of Foreign Wars (V.F.W.) Post 29, VFW Ladies Auxiliary and the American Legion teamed up once again for the annual Veterans Day program at Palo Verde Cemetery. The program includes guest speakers and takes place against the backdrop of the cemetery decorated with flags on the gravesites of veterans. The program begins at 11 a.m. and usually lasts less than an hour.

The day before Veterans Day this year, Blytlhe Trap & Skeet Club invites all veterans to visit the club for one free round of shooting. Club members said they want to honor the veterans for their dedication and service to the country.

However you plan to celebrate this Monday, take a moment to remember why you have the day off. Or if you have to work, set your clocks to 11:11 and say a "thank you" to all the soldiers who died for us to enjoy our freedom and our right to say "I'm proud to be an American."

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