Veterans of Foreign Wars are Honored At Ceremony in Custer Cemetery

 

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D.D. Couch of Custer VFW Post 3442 reads a statement at the Veterans Day Ceremony at The Custer Cemetery Friday November 11, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press. see transcript below.

Custer, SD – This Veterans Day, the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. honors the contributions and sacrifices of the nearly 22 million living veterans, and those no longer with us who have served our country in the name of liberty and justice.

From the jungles of Vietnam to the mountains of Afghanistan, from Bastogne to Baghdad, from Pork Chop Hill to the Persian Gulf, our veterans have borne the cost of America’s wars — and continue to stand watch over America’s peace. Today is their day to stand just a little bit taller and be recognized by a grateful nation that appreciates what the few have done for the many.

In times of danger and in times of peace, it is the selfless dedication of America’s veteran that continues to secure the freedoms on which our great country was founded. Every generation owes a debt of gratitude to these patriots of the past and present … those who set aside their personal goals in order to answer our great nation’s call.

Veterans Day salutes all who served, regardless of when or where. Gallant Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen have conquered the sum total of their fears and endured inconceivable miseries and hardships, all for the sake of protecting the values upon which our great nation was founded.

In doing this, they have established a standard of courage and honor for the entire world to witness.

We must take the opportunity to keep alive the memories, sacrifices and accomplishments of our nation’s veterans, as we embrace every opportunity to further educate the public and our elected officials about the contributions the few have done for the many.

The VFW is honored to represent all who have and will serve, and we will continue to help you obtain the programs and services you earned, to advocate on your behalf in the Halls of Congress, and to support you and your families wherever you reside or are stationed.

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Veterans standing at parade rest waiting for the event to start at the Veterans Day Ceremony at The Custer Cemetery Friday November 11, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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A 30 year Canadian Veteran and his family attended the Veterans Day Ceremony at The Custer Cemetery Friday November 11, 2016. Photo: Herb Ryan/Custer Free Press.

 

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