Delegate Keam Commemorates Veterans Day at American Legion
I enjoyed meetingÂ a member of our Greatest Generation,Â Lt. Col. Verzon Sadowski, among dozens of other heroes whose tours of duty spanned fromÂ World War IIÂ to the most recent ones in the Middle East.
As an immigrant from Korea whose parents barely survived the Korean WarÂ of 1950-53, I literally owe my existence to the brave Americans in uniform who traveled half-way across the worldÂ to save a nation of strangersÂ fromÂ Communism.
Without our American military, I and so many generations across the world would not be here today.Â So on thisÂ Veterans' Day, I salute every American man and woman who ever wore the uniform to protect ourÂ freedoms and our ideals.Â Thank you forÂ your service.
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American Legion Post 180 paid tribute to American armed forces on Veterans' Day.ByÂ 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.