BALDWIN — The flags held by the Lake County Honor Guard danced in the wind as a crowd of veterans and community members gathered for an outdoor ceremony to honor veterans at VFW Post No. 5315 on Veterans Day. 

The ceremony opened in prayer by the chaplain, and Commander David Woodman gave recognition to the veterans, represented by two who served in World War II, several who served in Korea and even more who fought in Vietnam. He also paid tribute to veterans who served during one of the operations in the Middle East over the last 25 years and veterans who served in peacetime. 

“We are proud of all of you, whether you served in war or peacetime, those who took the oath to serve our country no matter the cost,” Woodman said to the crowd. 

Woodman relayed a history of how the Nov. 11 holiday originated at Armistice Day on Nov. 11, 1919, as the first anniversary of the end of World War I, which was thought to be the war to end all wars. In 1954, President Eisenhower officially changed the name to Veterans Day, with broader terms of setting aside the day to honor all veterans, living and dead, who served in war and peacetime. 

Woodman told of the importance of educating future generations the importance of sacrifice for one’s country. 

There was a short moment of silence. The playing of the Taps solemnized the moment as the program concluded.