I left the Parish Fest and New Odyssey right as the last song ended. I dropped Liz off at Sunnyside in Johnsburg and then drove to Veterans Park in McHenry, Illinois, for the annual Keep the Spirit of '45 Alive. This event honors the Greatest Generation and is well-deserved. It is also one of the biggest and longest-running observations in the United States.
Unfortunately, they always have it on the same day as Parish fest in Johnsburg.
I arrived for the last part of it. Sad that the announcer told the World War II veterans to stand "as well as you can." The World War II veterans and people are getting very old and their health is often failing. It is sad to see them so old. I was born in 1951 and growing up, World War II veterans were everywhere. You didn't think much about them being around. They were just there. Nothing special.
But, as we lose them in increasing numbers, we need to honor heir sacrifices and efforts as much as we can.
Missing Those Old Guys and Gals. --RoadDog