Remembering veterans on Veterans Day is nice.
For Clyde Card, more needs to be done to help new veterans as they return home from abroad.
Card's remarks came after a pair of Veterans Day remembrances Sunday in Jamestown.
Pictured above are veterans during a ceremony at Soldier’s Circle in Lakeview Cemetery on Sunday.
Below, a firing squad fires a salute.
P-J photos by Ryan Atkins
At 10 a.m., veterans and their families gathered at Veterans Memorial Park, located at the corner of West Third Street and Harding Avenue, where they paid their respects to those who have served their country.
Several different members of local veterans associations were on hand to present memorials at the park and speak to the crowd that had gathered.
After the crowds dispersed from Veterans Memorial Park, many families reconvened at the intersection of Main and Third streets for a presentation of colors.
Participating units included the American Legion Post 149, VFW Post 53, AMVETS Post 726, Seabees Island X-11, Vietnam Veterans Chapter 865 and Modern Day Warfare Chapter 20. Members from the Jamestown High School Band were also on hand, providing music for the ceremony.
Following the presentation of colors, the veterans and their families were invited to St. Lukes Episcopal Church for a service that was conducted by several of the members of American Legion Post 149.
Card, American Legion Post 149 past commander, delivered the address during the service.
"Whenever this nation has been struck, the armed services answered the call and stood tall and strong against any and all enemies," Card said. "As I said in 1994, make no mistake about it, the world is still a very unstable and dangerous place. In preparing for today, I tried to look at our society as we are today. We're proud to be Americans, but at the same time, the legion has a motto, 'We must remember, so that no one forgets.' On this special day, Veterans Day, let us consider what we might tell someone if they asked why we celebrate it. We need to recognize the contributions of Americans that have done their part on the homefront, but what of the men and women who have donned their country's uniform, left their jobs, homes and families and placed themselves in harms way for the sake of the nation, their loved ones, because they were called. They deserve not only the respect and admiration of their countrymen but also the assistance of their government as they return to civilian life."
Following the service at St. Luke's, the final ceremony of the day was held at Soldier's Circle in Lakeview Cemetery, during which a memorial wreath was laid at the base of the flag pole. Jimmy Paterniti from Jamestown High School was in attendance to play Taps for the closing of the ceremony.