Area residents of all ages gathered at Veterans Memorial Plaza in downtown Oswego Wednesday morning, Nov. 11, to pay tribute to our nation's veterans on Veterans Day.
Organized by Oswego American Legion Post 675, the event included a performance of "Amazing Grace" by the Oswego Fire Protection District's Pipe and Drums Brigade and the singing of our National Anthem and the playing of "Taps" by Oswego East and Oswego High School students.
In a brief address, Oswego American Legion Commander Joe West thanked the audience for remembering our nation's veterans and for attending the ceremony.
West noted that fewer than 10 percent of all Americans can claim the title of veteran.
"Veterans have given us freedom, security and the greatest nation on earth," West said. "Veterans put us first and today we put veterans first.
"It's up to us to insure every veteran feels that his or her service in the country is appreciated by their fellow Americans," he continued. "The easiest thing to say is 'Thank you for your service.'
"Veterans Day is time for us to honor not just those who have fought for us in battle but for all those outstanding men and women who have served in our nation's armed forces," West said.
He also encouraged everyone to remember that many veterans continue to face challenges after they have completed their service.