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Amid the chaos, a time to honor our veterans

In the political chaos of this past week, so much attention has been focused not just on the outcome of this election, but questions surrounding the vote and the way it was conducted this year.

It may be some time before everything is sorted out.

In the meantime, it has pulled our focus from events closer to our hearts.

Our veterans.

Those who gave part of their lives to military service and who took an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States.

Upon enlisting in military service, an oath is taken to swear or affirm “that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed.”

No questions asked.

Many of our veterans served on the battlefield, with great courage in the face of death, while many others stood guard in dark hours, willing to do what was necessary to protect the freedoms we cherish, and still others maintained our national defense systems over the course of time.

And then they return to our communities, often living quietly among us.

Veterans Day is Wednesday, but there is a chance to honor those who stepped up to serve our nation today. The Lycoming County Veterans Day Parade 2020 kicks off at 10 this morning in Montoursville with about 250 participants walking the parade route, which starts at McCall Middle School.

Prior to the start will be the Pledge of Allegiance, National Anthem and Taps, along with a 21-gun salute. From there it winds through the borough past Lyter Elementary School and ends at Montoursville High School.

What better way to spend what looks to be a gorgeous sunny morning than to honor our veterans!

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