Roger Harmon

Johnson County Judge Roger Harmon and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 member Marty Peters display  Veterans Day proclamation. They and others encouraged residents to thank and show support for area veterans. From left are County Commissioner Rick Bailey, County Veterans Services Officer Kathryn Fasci, County Commissioner Kenny Howell, Peters, Harmon, County Commissioner Jerry Stringer, County Sheriff Adam King and County Commissioner Larry Woolley.

In honor of Veterans Day on Nov. 11, County Judge Roger Harmon declared Oct. 26 through Nov. 11 as Veterans Appreciation Days in Johnson County.

“Through the generations their courage and sacrifice have allowed our republic to flourish,” Harmon said during Monday's Johnson County Commissioners Court meeting. “As we pay tribute to our veterans we are mindful that no ceremony or acknowledgment can ever fully repay the debt we owe them. But we make it our mission to give them the respect they have earned. Let us remember them and their families. They represent the American character at its best.”

Marty Peters, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 member and past state president, distributed paper poppies to those attending Monday’s meeting, poppies that veterans hand crafted.

“If you see a veteran, especially our older veterans, thank them and give them the respect, honor and gratitude they deserve,” Peters said.

Peters said Cleburne’s American Legion Post 50’s annual ceremony to honor veterans may not go forward this year because of COVID-19 concerns.

Peters described a recent parade procession in front of area nursing homes to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II and honor surviving area World War II veterans as a heartfelt hit that even made local TV.

“The veterans and their families were so touched by that parade and the recognition,” Peters said.

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