It was a crispy cold morning November 3, 2012 in Detroit. The cold temperatures didn’t prevent the annual Detroit Veteran’s Day Parade from being the fine event that it turned out to be. As a bonus, it didn’t rain! The participants, including members of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War-and a multitude of various veteran’s groups, patriotic organizations, school ROTC outfits and bands, and active military personnel, marched down Detroit’s Woodward Avenue to the sounds of beating drums, blaring horns, and shouted cadences. It was all very stirring. Watchers on the sidelines were clapping, taking photographs, and filming with video cameras. This was all to honor our military-those who served, are serving now, and will serve tomorrow. It was done to say “thank you” for being willing to put it “all on the line.”
The Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War, with many Department Camps represented, was proud once again to be part of the honor. This is especially true since our country is currently observing the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. I am reminded that in November of 1865, the Thirteenth Amendment was well on the way to becoming law. In fact, just a month afterward-in December 1865, Secretary of State Seward declared the Thirteenth Amendment in effect after being approved by twenty-seven states (see The Civil War Day By Day by E.B. Long). As a result, slavery in the United States was abolished. The soldiers had done their job-they always do. Someone has said that “the price of liberty is constant vigilance.” May we ever honor our military for their vigilance. Hurrah for the veterans-and thank you!
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