Valdosta Daily Times

November 11, 2012

Hug a veteran today

Kay Harris
The Valdosta Daily Times

VALDOSTA — Today is officially Veterans Day, although most observances will be held tomorrow. The national holiday commemorates the cease fire following World War I and transitioned from Armistice Day to Veterans Day following World War II and the wars and conflicts following. While Memorial Day honors those who lost their lives fighting for this country’s freedom, Veterans Day is a day to honor those who are still with us and those who are still serving in the armed forces.

Valdosta is a highly patriotic area and very appreciative of Moody Air Force Base and its active-duty airmen along with our retired military. This community supports the military far more than a lot of areas in the country, which may be one reason why so many choose to return here to live after their service is over.

While we are unfortunately losing our WWII veterans with the passage of time, we still have many vets from the Korean, Vietnam, Persian Gulf, and other conflicts living among us who deserve recognition for their sacrifices and service.

Instead of just one day of appreciation, why not spread it out through the week. If you know a veteran or see an active-duty airman, give them a handshake, a hug, or at least a pat on the back. Thank them for their service. Listen to their stories. Buy them lunch or dinner.

Ask those who have served in your family to talk to the youngest generation and explain to them that freedom isn’t free, and the things they enjoy today could one day be gone.

“The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten,” Calvin Coolidge.

Let’s not forget our defenders. Hug a veteran today.

Business Roundup

The new location of Furniture Express, Beds 4 Less, Southern Tile and Carpet is now open. The business relocated from its home on North Ashley Street for many years to the former Heileg Myers furniture store venue across from the Crescent. The showroom is full and it’s wonderful to see a building empty for many years find a new life.

The corner of North Oak Street that is currently undergoing extensive site work in preparation for a new building is going to be the new offices of the Kidney Care and Hypertension Clinic of South Georgia with Dr. Bishal Rawal and Dr. Arunas Urbonas.

A business with a ribbon cutting this week is Valdosta Home Training, next to the Scoop on Northside Drive. They are a home dialysis group.

The new Jet Foods has joined several other new businesses opened lately in the City of Lakeland.

R&B Unique Closet recently opened next to Miller Hardware in Downtown Valdosta.

The new Valdosta Vaults jewelry store in the Valdosta Mall should be ready to open in another week or two, so stay tuned.

The newly renovated Ashley Hall at Valdosta State University was officially reopened and dedicated this week. One of the oldest buildings on campus, its preservation helps to ensure that the original flavor of the university is protected, even in the midst of embracing the new.

And with Thanksgiving just two weeks away, unbelievable that it’s already here, the Black Friday shopping ads have pretty much all gone viral, although there will still be some terrific ads in the VDT paper that day that will give you an edge up on others. Unfortunately, it looks like more and more stores are opening on Thanksgiving Day, which may be good for their bottom lines but not so good for workers and their families. Call the Rant and Rave line and tell us what you think about this ever-increasing trend.

That’s about it this week, but if there’s anything I missed, please let me know!

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