[September 13, 2020] Yesterday, I attended an outdoor Salute to Veterans event in my town’s local park. It was a pleasure to be present at a hometown-style ceremony and to see so many friends and veterans, those I’ve not seen since March. Just to meet again so many who came to pay tribute to our veterans indeed made the day special.
The program began as the MC thanked two men; one old, the other a High School student. These two men had the vision to recognize vets on a day other than Veterans’ Day. What followed their ideas bloomed into a majestic Veterans Memorial Park with monuments, flags, walking paths, and a lighted wall bearing the names of local patriots.
The guest speaker was His Excellency, General Washington. His speech – no, not a speech but his recounting of how his men endured the Revolutionary War, how so many civilians supported their cause, the failure of Congress to help them with supplies, and the miracles how God intervened in their many battles with the strongest military in the world of the British Empire. General Washington told us of the importance of his Freemason generals and how he trusted them implicitly.
A local Boy Scout Troop was present to hand out programs and led us in the Pledge of Allegiance. Our Middle School presented a wreath honoring fallen veterans. And, the local High School provided a JROTC Color Guard and presented the Colors. Out town manager advertised the event on a Facebook Page and live-streamed the event. This is precisely what I like about small-town events.
A sunny day, moderate temperatures, and an “inadvertent” flyover by U.S. Air Force F-16C fighter jets, added to the atmosphere of genuinely honoring of veterans. Free t-shirts were given out for attendees. And everyone got to meet two World War II veterans, both in their 90s. I had the honor also of talking with a Vietnam veteran who had received his Purple Heart Medal in the mail; several of us promised to have a small public ceremony for him at a later date.
Veterans, family members, and many local town citizens came to see our Salute to Veterans. This is what respect looks like.