Delegate Mark Keam - Virginia's 35th House District

Delegate Keam Commemorates Veterans Day at American Legion

On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year 2010, I was honored to be in a room full of American heroes -- our veterans -- as we commemorated another Veterans' Day at the American Legion, Dyer-Gunnell Post 180, in the Town of Vienna.

I enjoyed meeting a member of our Greatest Generation, Lt. Col. Verzon Sadowski, among dozens of other heroes whose tours of duty spanned from World War II to the most recent ones in the Middle East.

As an immigrant from Korea whose parents barely survived the Korean War of 1950-53, I literally owe my existence to the brave Americans in uniform who traveled half-way across the world to save a nation of strangers from Communism.

Without our American military, I and so many generations across the world would not be here today.  So on this Veterans' Day, I salute every American man and woman who ever wore the uniform to protect our freedoms and our ideals.  Thank you for your service.

(Photo Credit: Mike Paruti)

Veterans Honored

American Legion Post 180 paid tribute to American armed forces on Veterans' Day.

By Donna Manz

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Veterans and their families, active military personnel and elected officials gathered at American Legion Post 180 on Veterans' Day, Nov. 11, to pay tribute to those who fought, and to those who serve now, in the U.S. armed forces.

Approximately 50 people attended the program, highlighted by guest speaker Vietnam veteran David Feiring and the laying of the wreath. At all meetings of the American Legion an empty chair sits in memory of POWs and MIAs.

"We're called together, drawn together, to remember the bonds of those who didn't make it back," said Feiring, a former Marine. Feiring, now with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Service as a fire inspector, shared memories, some heartwarming, some heart-wrenching, of compatriots he served with in Vietnam.

"One place I've never been able to go is the wall," Feiring said, choking up.

Vienna Town Council members Laurie DiRocco, Edythe Kelleher, Laurie Cole and Howard Springsteen, as well as Del. Mark Keam (D-35), and Supervisor Cathy Hudgins (D-Hunter Mill) were at the ceremony. Supervisor Linda Q. Smyth (D-Providence) stopped by to convey her thoughts and support the Operation Baghdad Pups fundraiser held at Post 180 on Veterans' Day.

Veterans from World War II to Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf wars were recognized with applause. Eight World War II veterans joined together for a group photo.

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