Veterans Day program held at RMS

Richard Zellmer speaks at the Veterans Day program at RMS.

Never mind Nov. 11.

Or the special programs, parades and other ceremonial ways that America honors its veterans each fall.

Everyday should be Veterans Day, retired U.S. Navy Capt. Richard Zellmer told an audience of Ripon Middle Schoolers and local veterans last week Thursday.

Zellmer, a Ripon resident and retired teacher, explained that “While ceremonies and parades are a nice gesture,” they’re not the only way to honor veterans.

In fact, he said, they may not be the best way.

“An individual ‘thank you’ works every bit as well,” Zellmer said, explaining that people should go out of their way — on any day of the week — to express their appreciation to the men and women who have defended their country.

Read the full story in the Nov. 18, 2010 edtion of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.

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