While Memorial Day honors those individuals who fought and died for the United States, Veterans Day is set aside to acknowledge those who served in the various branches of the military. Consider it a national day of thanks — a day set aside to remember and show some appreciation for sacrifices made.
Across the country this past Sunday, the day was marked with tributes. There was the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington National Cemetery in Washington, D.C. Other commemorations included parades and ceremonies, many at the local level.
In the Philadelphia suburbs, organizers of the Martins Run Fall Festival 2007 took time during the various events on Nov. 11 — which included a craft fair and flea market, a performance by several Mummers and a Historic Car Club of Pennsylvania show — to honor its resident veterans, as well as those from other areas of the community.
Some of the vets wore hats bearing their military medals and ribbons. Many people — residents and guests alike — carried and waved small American flags, and some seniors affixed flags to their walkers and wheelchairs.
Veterans were presented with a red-white-and-blue sash and given flag pins to wear on their lapels, "so that we can see who they are and honor them," said Margery Farbman, director of development at Martins Run, who co-chaired the event.
Outdoors, there was also a flag ceremony by the Marple Newtown Combined Veterans Alliance, in addition to a rifle salute and the playing of taps.
Martins Run, a senior residential community in Marple Township, is home to more than 35 veterans, including several female vets, from World War II and the Korean war.
As provided in the body of the following captions, these are just a few of their stories.