November 13, 2007

Today's Front Pages Analysis

Some dailies use Page One to honor veterans who served

Perhaps there are stories of more historic importance but to many American dailies, yesterday was Veterans Day and there is space today on Page One to report celebrating the event. For the younger members of the congregation, it started in 1926, calling for the observance of the World War I armistice with what were considered “appropriate ceremonies” every November 11. In 1954, by act of Congress, the name was changed to Veterans Day. In a proclamation, President Eisenhower urged that “On that day let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”

And that’s what The Birmingham News did with a Page One photo and story that “Parade goers show pride, appreciation”; the Arizona Daily Star in Tucson with a Page One picture of "A veteran’s salute on Veterans Day”; The Sentinel-Record in Hot Springs, Ark., with a photo marking “Celebration of Service”; and the Panama City News Herald in Florida and its “Parade of honor” report. Photos and a story “Saluting those who served” are on Page One of The Valdosta Daily Times in Georgia; pictures “Saluting those who served” are in The Indianapolis Star; The Advocate in Baton Rouge, La., has a “Sacrifices gave us freedom” story; and the St. Paul Pioneer Press has a nod “To those who served.” And it is that way in the Niagara Gazette in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the St. Joseph News-Press in Missouri, and the Johnson City Press in Tennessee features a restaurant that offers a free meal to every veteran on Veterans Day.

For other dailies there are other Page One stories generally focusing on the problems in Pakistan, the violence between Hamas and Fatah, the political battles among those who want to be president and the oil spill in San Francisco Bay. We smiled when we looked at The Washington Times, which has a Page One story today about the Spanish king telling a South American politician to “shut up” that we mused about yesterday.

Gene Mater is a Freedom Forum media consultant.

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