Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

It doesn’t take decorated floats or businesses tossing candy to children on the sidewalks to get citizens on Aledo to a parade. A good crowd was present for the Veterans Day parade and ceremony on Friday, November 11.  The parade traveled south on College Avenue and turned to the ceremony held at the VFW.  Mercer County Junior High band, led by Sam Whan, played the National Anthem and Taps was performed by three trumpeters after a 21 gun salute.

Speaking at the ceremony was Captain Herman James Marshall III who is currently assigned to the United States Army Sustainment Command (ASC). He serves as the Army Sustainment Command Plans Officer and is stationed at the Rock Island Arsenal. His awards and decorations include Bronze Star Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, and Iraq Campaign Medal.

Captain Herman spoke about what’s so beautiful about this country and all the freedom we have. Stressing that the freedom of speech and the freedom to assemble peacefully and be able to speak your mind and actually be heard.  He said how important that is and how our Veterans have fought for that throughout our past. Exemplifying Veterans sacrifices, loyalty and dedication. Without that freedom, he would not have been able to speak to the beautiful Aledo community. He stressed the value of the freedom to express one’s faith and listed so many and that having the freedom to worship what and where we want is in of itself “a great thing”. The words "Freedom isn't free" is often heard and needs to be remembered.

The gathering of people shows the appreciation to our Veterans who are so deserving of thanks and was conveyed in Aledo.

Penny Doyle/TR Staff