During World War II one of the nicknames for the United States military was "citizen soldiers", a nod to the fact that the vast majority of our military were not professional fighters but just regular Joes (and Janes) who halted the lives they had planned to join the fight when our nation was attacked on December 7, 1941. Sixty years later, when 9/11 brought terror to our shores once again people who had never considered the military once again heard the call to defend their country and become citizen soldiers.
For many, the first date that called people to become citizen soldiers often goes unnoticed. If you want to take some time to remember the sacrifices made then and now, join the veterans at a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Program on Saturday, December 7 at the Veterans Memorial, Centre & Catawissa Streets, Mahanoy City at 11 am.
Veterans are also invited to breakfast at Lewie's Restaurant, Lehigh Avenue, Frackville on Friday, December 6 at 7 am.
Want another way to remember the sacrifices of our military? Why not send a Christmas card to a military man or woman with local ties who won't be in Schuylkill County for the holidays. Check out this post about how to send a card or package full of Schuylkill County love here