Just a few days prior to observing Veterans Day, the Newton County Courthouse hosted its Veterans Day program to honor area veterans.

Just a few days prior to observing Veterans Day, the Newton County Courthouse hosted its Veterans Day program to honor area veterans.
Held at 11 a.m., Wednesday, countless veterans and courthouse personnel were on hand for the event.
Newton County Commissioners Alan Cook and Jim Jackson began the service, followed by guest speaker, Kevin Butler.
"Veterans Day serves as a very important purpose," said Cook. "This day above all is an opportunity to celebrate the choice that one made to serve our country. It is a veteran, not a preacher, who gives us freedom of religion. It is a veteran, not a reporter, who gives us freedom of the press... it is a veteran, not a  campus organizer who gives us freedom os assembly. It is a veteran, not a lawyer, who gives us the right to a fair trial. And it is a veteran, not a politician, who gives us a right to vote. Roughly 1 percent of our population serves in the military. and if we consider what those individuals had, Winston Churchill once said, 'never in a field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.'"
Then, the veterans some of which wore hats noting they were veterans who served in various wars, stood up and told the crowd their years of service.
"i never get tired coming to an event where we honor our nation's veterans. aren't you proud to say, that you are in america today?," said Jackson, who is a Vietnam veteran. "... Our veterans have always put county first. today, don't you think that we put our veterans first."
Butler then spoke about the origins of Veterans Day.
"What is veterans day? We have to look back a little bit, back to World War I, in France on a railway car  on the 11th hour, of the 11 day of the 11 month, in 1918, terms of surrender were signed between the Allied and Central powers to end the great war, the war to end all wars," said Butler. "unfortunately, many events happened that made the great war turned into World War I because some 20 odd years later, it started up again to become even worse than the first one. in the early 1950s, it was changed from Armistice Day to Veterans Day to honor veterans. Memorial Day was to honor those veterans who paid the ultimate price. Veterans Day was to honor the veterans that did come back. The veterans who served."
Jackson also told of an experience recently he and his wife had.
"Say 'thank you to our veterans, thank you for your time and your service," Jackson said. "My wife and I were in an airport recently and I saw a young man in a ball cap and this one said, Afghanistan Veteran. I went up to him and I said, 'thank you for your service.' He shook my hand and I could almost see a tear in his eyes, he said, 'thank you so much, because I never had anyone tell me that.' Be a good listener, our veterans have stories to tell, they are a part of living history. And also never prejudge a veteran, you never know what they have gone through, what their families have gone through with maybe a loved one 10,000 miles away from home. As a Vietnam veteran, I am proud to say that I am an american and I live in the greatest nation on earth. But you know, I could not say that without the sacrifices of our men, women who have gone before us and made this such a great nation."