MACOMB — The sacrifices of war, while less obvious to some, are still being made every day by those who serve, and their loved ones.
Veteran and former mayor Tom Carper gave this message to fellow veterans and their supporters on Saturday during the Veterans Day Ceremony held at the VFW Post 1921 on Saturday.
The ceremony also included the laying of the POW/MIA wreath by American Legion Post 6 Commander Jim Percy, a plaque presentation to recognize supporters for their service, and a gun salute by the Honor Guard, followed by the playing of Taps by Dr. John Cooper. A lunch followed the ceremony for those who stayed.
Carper was the guest speaker. He started his speech with a brief history of Veterans Day, beginning with its origins as an observance of Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, through many changes to its present form today.
“Through all of these changes — all of this stuff, and all of the wranglings going on — I think there are two things that have been consistent through this nearly 100 years: that’s the men and women who serve, and the families and loved ones who have supported them,” he said. “When your daughter goes to war, or your son, or your neighbor, or your husband, or your wife, or your friends, you go also. A little piece of you goes with them.”
Pulling out World War II food ration cards and a war bond, he said that communities across the country shared some of the sacrifices of war by collecting metal, planting Victory gardens, and participating in the draft.
“People did without things. There was a united effort. There was some level of united sacrifice. It’s not that way anymore.”
He said that the remoteness of many conflicts combined with a lack of news on them “until something really bad happens” could be responsible for many people in the U.S. taking war efforts for granted. “It’s like it’s someone else in the war or conflict… Many people have no connection, or feel no sacrifice for what is going on.”
“Things have changed, and I’m sure they’ll continue to do that,” he said.
“But again, there’s one thing that will not and cannot change: That’s the men and women who serve, and the families who support them.”

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