Butler County Times Gazette
  • Celebration of Freedom ceremony honors veterans

  • Residents gathered Sunday morning to celebrate Veterans Day and those who have served their country. Eugene Herman opened the ceremony.
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  • Residents gathered Sunday morning to celebrate Veterans Day and those who have served their country. Eugene Herman opened the ceremony.
    "My opinion is there is no better place to lie and raise a family than the United States," he said.
    He went on to introduce the speaker for the morning, Major David R. Burk, who is a training officer with the 287th Sustainment Brigade with the Kansas National Guard.
    "World War I was known as the Great War, the war to end all wars," he said.
    The Armistice was signed the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.
    "This day is observed around the world and has been known by many names," Burk said. "It is not a celebration of victory but of those who make victory possible."
    He said the goal in the beginning was to secure the independence of this young nation. The current mission is so citizens may regain a sense of security in 21st century terrorism.
    "Your military responds to the cries of our nation and to the world," he said.
    He went on to talk about the life of a soldier and the effects of the tours they spend overseas on them and their families.
    "It's a life of constant change, not only for the soldiers but for their families," Burk continued.
    He said in the silence a person hears this depth of their service and sacrifice.
    "The military has remained strong for 375 years and your nation is stronger for it," he said.
    He asked people to get involved with events, organizations and programs to support veterans. And those who have a business, he encouraged them to consider hiring a veteran. He asked the audience to take a moment of silence to honor all of the days, hours and minutes veterans and their families have given. He also recognized the veterans in the audience.
    "Let's not forget our soldiers and airmen currently serving," he said. "Also let's not forget those who gave the ultimate sacrifice. We need to remind ourselves because of our veterans this nation still stands. To my fellow veterans in the crowd, my profound thanks for your service."

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