Two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed U.S. Air Force Predator drone in the Persian Gulf last week, CNN reported. The incident raises new concerns in President Obama’s administration about Iranian military aggression in crucial oil shipping lanes.
Iran’s official news agency says that country’s military will hold “massive” air defense maneuvers, starting this weekend, according to Fox News.
The BBC reported Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has said he is ready to order a strike on Iran if international sanctions do not stop its nuclear program.
In addition to the deaths and unrest in Syria, Libya and other Middle Eastern hot spots, these events should indicate that the U.S. needs to maintain a well-trained, equipped and funded military.
And it increases the significance of Monday, Nov. 12, when Beeville will conduct its annual Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Stadium, starting at 11 a.m.
Sponsored by the Beeville Garden Club, this year’s event will feature speaker Marine Chief Warrant Officer John Schneider, along with the presentation of colors, placing of memorial wreaths by veterans groups, a 21-gun salute and playing of taps. Kay Past will serve as master of ceremonies.
We encourage young and old alike to attend and learn “What does it mean to be a veteran?” – the theme of Schneider’s keynote speech.
In addition, on Saturday, the Bee County American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will offer poppies to the community at Walmart from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. Poppies also will be available at the Veterans Day program on Monday.
American Legion poppies are assembled primarily by disabled veterans, and the proceeds from the fund-raising campaign are used exclusively for the benefit of disabled and needy veterans and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
So, do your part to show your support and appreciation to these veterans in our community.
– Chip Latcham