WAYLAND — Freedom comes at a high price.


The Wayland American Legion honored that sacrifice on Nov. 11 with a Veterans Day Parade.


Wayland American Legion Post Commander Kevin Mark along with the Wayland American Legion Honor Guard marched down to Five Star Bank.


“On this day, Veterans Day, we are commemorating the services of veterans of all wars,” Mark said. “We remember how men and women set aside their own civilian pursuits to serve their nation’s cause, defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our precious American heritage.”


“We believe our strength on the field of battle, on the supply lines, which nourished our armed might, lay in the justice of our causes against the forces of evil. We believe our determination made us better warriors, because we fought with our minds and our hearts, as well as our bodies,” Mark continued. “We recognize service to our country and her cause does not end with the termination of military service. We continue our endeavors in behalf of an honorable world peace with a feeling of profound gratitude to God, and to the men and women who gave their lives as their part of the cost of this noblest of causes.”


“Out of blood and sweat we learned of purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery, and discipline. These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built,” Mark concluded. “In our continuing quest for an honorable world peace we must cultivate these virtues.”


The Wayland Honor Guard played Taps for the fallen heroes, and fired of their rifles as a salute to our veterans.

The Wayland American Legion will have A Veterans Appreciation Luncheon and Dance in Remembrance of Pearl Harbor on Dec. 10 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The Southern Tier All Star Jazz Band and special guests from New York City, The American Bombshells will perform. Admission costs $7 for non-military and free for all veterans, active duty and reserves. it includes appetizers, lunch, desert, and live music.