ENGLEWOOD — Veterans Day ceremonies were held Saturday at noon on the front lawn of American Legion Post 707 to honor America’s veterans both living and deceased.
Post Commander Chris Craft delivered the welcoming address. Post Member and Montgomery County Commander Reck Carpenter led everyone in attendance in prayer.
“Oh God, we bow our heads in thankfulness for the victories thou hast granted us,” Reck prayed. “For those people who have united with us to stamp out the evil and oppression, intolerance and greed we give thanks. We beseech thee to bring thy blessings of understanding to family and friends of this and other lands for those who have given their lives so that we may be free.”
Craft stated in part, “We are commemorating the service of veterans of all generations, to remember how men and women set aside their civil pursuits to serve their nation’s cause of defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our precious American heritage. We believe our strength on the field of battle, on the supply lines which nourished our armed might, lay in the justice of our cause against the forces of evil. We believe our determination made us better warriors because we fought with our minds and our hearts as well as our bodies. ”
Post 707 1st Vice Commander and Union Police Chief Michael Blackwell also stepped to the podium to address the crowd.
“Good afternoon. If there be glory in war it is the utmost incredible spirit which it engages,” Blackwell stated. “Those who offered their lives sacrificed their all with magnificent abandon. Heroism becomes contagious. Yet, true in warfare, greed and brutality are epidemic. Too often it is that these later persist in the peace that follows. Let us strive to see the same spirit and self-sacrifice that is cultivated in peace as it has been exhibited in war. It behooves us to rear new standards of success to inspire youth in peace as youth was inspired in war. Public honor must be given where public honor is due. Not to the manipulator of the market, the seeker after profit, power or possessions, but rather let us honor the heroes of sacrifice who alleviated human suffering to carry to greater heights the standards of civilization. Let us honor those who in public service seek not how much they may secure from the nation, but how much they can give. Let us honor those who devote their lives to the education which will lead our children to want to live and laugh, learn and love, as we have only dreamed of doing. Let us honor those veterans who carry into ordinary affairs of life a noble idealism and sincere capacity for self-devotion. Let us translate the devotion of war into a devotion of peace. Let us will to live as well as die for our country.”
Post 707 2nd Vice Commander Phil Rivkin was next to speak.
“Courage is one of the virtues born of war – the courage of individuals in the face of danger and the courage of nations to protect the weak and punish the aggressor,” Rivkin said. “There is bravery to be shown in peace as well. May we recapture the courage which turned the wilderness into cities that bound men together under government.
“We can turn slums into comfortable homes, turn uncertainty into certainty. We can reach new heights of civilization and opportunity for the men and women of this nation if we have the courage to expect and work for a better way of life. There can be romance in this challenge also. The bravery that fights for political, social, economic and spiritual gains may be more difficult to practice – may be unsung when achieved – but it is all the more worth striving for.”
Other speeches were delivered by Nancy Rivkin, president of the Ladies Auxiliary, Darvin Marshall, finance officer, Reck Carpenter, Montgomery County commander and Bob Weiler, 3rd District Commander.
The firing squad executed the salute followed by taps by Bob Perks on the bugle.
At the conclusion of the ceremony all guests were invited inside for lunch.
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