November 14, 2012 —
“We gather to recognize all veterans and VFWs in their unwavering service to God and country,” said Peter Carmeci, Commander of the Tusten Highland Lumberland VFW Post 6427 and senior vice commander of the Sullivan County Council VFW to the crowd assembled at Heroes’ Park in the Town of Highland on Veteran’s Day.
Carmeci applauded the “brave fighting men and women who for 236 years have kept us all free,” drew awareness to “the terror and horror of combat” and expressed gratitude for those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
He then introduced past American Legion commander, the honorable Charles “Chuck” Myers, who founded the local ambulance service and the American Legion Post.
Myers began by acknowledging the services of all veterans. “We remember how men and women set aside their civilian pursuits to serve the nation’s cause, defending freedom and preserving our precious American heritage,” he said.
“We believe that our determination made us better warriors because we fought with our minds and our hearts as well as our bodies. Out of blood and sweat, we learned purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery and discipline. These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built. In our continuing quest for an honorable world peace, we must cultivate these virtues.”
Following a gun salute, Myers then blew “Taps” before the program concluded. “This country is truly the home of the free because of the brave,” said Carmeci. “Veterans Day is every day, so please take a minute to thank our veterans.”