Posted by: Jeff Fiedler (Former Marching Member)
Thursday, November 11, 2004 - 12:30 PM
I just got back from a Veteran's Day remembrance which took place down the street from my school (it was under the Skyway and there is a lot of construction going on, so it was a little difficult to hear, even though they had a small speaker system set up).
The remembrance was sponsored by the local American Legion post. Veterans were represented from WW II, Korea, Vietnam, Persian Gulf I and there was a young man who arrived a little late who had literally just got back from Iraq.
We have a small corner memorial to all local veterans which has a tank from the Persian Gulf I and some walls with lists of those neighbors who have served in the United States Armed Forces.
Though the crowd was not huge, it was representative of the neighborhood. There were also a few construction workers nearby who attended the short service (it is cold and windy outside today). It is somewhat ironic that the noise which caused us not to hear everything that was said, could be viewed as progress, which might not be happening at all if veterans hadn't given the ultimate sacrifice to allow all of us to proceed.
Thank you to all the veterans living and deceased who gave of themselves to allow us to do what we do.