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Supporting Veterans, past and present

VFW Post 10574 of Colonial Beach hosted the Veterans Day program paying tribute to all veterans of the United States.

Mayor Mike Ham welcomed guests and thanked veterans for their service.

The Keynote Speaker, Captain William Garren, Deputy for Training and Assessment at the Navy Air and Missile Defense Command in Dahlgren, spoke of his relatives who served in many conflicts with a few tears in his eyes and crackle in his voice, but he also spoke of today’s veterans currently serving.

Garren said, “We take time to honor our present-day veterans. We don’t mark this day as a celebration of victory, but rather to celebrate those who made victory possible. Today, our nation stands without global fear. We remain the world’s most dominant power on Earth.” Garren does not agree with some who believe our technology is what made our country strong. Garren attributes our country’s success to the veterans of today and the veterans of the past.

“Each generation that serves in a time of conflict, serves with courage and dedication.” Garren reminded the audience that the younger generation was not aware of what was happening on 9-11, but they have grown up in an America that has always been in conflict and has not seen peacetime. But, he advised, that they are insulated from direct impact of the conflict. “The fate of our nation’s future is our generation, so let’s make sure we do a good job,” he said.

Garren concluded by quoting George Washington, “The willingness with which our young people are likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by our nation.”


Linda Farneth

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