With Veterans Day approaching, Ken Moore of the Veterans Service Agency talked with YNN about the meaning of Veterans Day and events going on around Rochester to celebrate it.
When asked how he wants people to look at Veterans Day, veteran Ken Moore said, "Well I don't want them to think that it's a day of furniture sales and paint sales and all that other thing. It's a day to thank the men and women who stood up and fought for the country. It's not very often that someone says 'thank you' to them and 'I appreciate your service.' That's what it's really all about."
Moore explained when he returned after serving in Vietnam, people were not as welcoming to returning troops as they are today.
Moore said, "When I came back from Vietnam, we weren't treated too well and it was kind of sad and it still bothers me today, but I think if anything we've learned as citizens of this country, we appreciate the service of those who go forward and you can't fault them for the war. You just have to appreciate that they stood up for us."
There will be a variety of events taking place in Rochester this weekend that focus on Veterans Day. There will be a service at the Rochester War Memorial and one at the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial at Highland Park.
Moore encourages people to bring children to Veterans Day events.
He said, "I think it's important today for kids to know what it's all about. When they see these men and women in uniform they can most certainly thank them and appreciate what they've done for us."
1. Friday, 11/9 Chili Senior Center Veterans Day Celebration, 4:00
2. Sunday, 11/11, Rochester War Memorial Celebration, 9:30 a.m.
3. Sunday, 11/11, Town of Brighton Veterans Memorial Dedication, 2:00
4. Sunday, 11/11, VVA, Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial, 6:00
5. Monday, 11/12, Nazareth College Veterans Day Celebration, 11:00