The honor of Veterans Day |

The honor of Veterans Day

Nearly 100 people filled the dining room Veterans Day at the Rifle Veteran’s Community Center to honor “all who served in times of war and peace.”

“Our true strength as a nation is measured by how we take care of our veterans when they return home,” said Polly Kennedy, marketing director, in the welcoming remarks. “Just as every veteran deserves the support and benefits they have earned, those who have given everything to defend our homeland deserve a place of their own to call home. No one who fights for our country should have to fight for the care they deserve.”

Following the presentation of the Colors by American Legion, resident Larry Velasquez led the Pledge of Allegiance and Landon Aldridge, also a resident, gave the invocation. The winners of a Veterans Day essay contest were also on hand to read their essays.

Deana Jacoby showed a DVD she had put together which featured photos of residents and the branch of service they were in. Quiet came over the room as the names of those veterans who passed away in the past year were read.

Lisa Reed Scott, Human Resources, approached the podium to give the closing.

“It is my sincere duty to thank all of you here celebrating and honoring our veterans on this beautiful day,” Reed Scott said. “I would also like to thank our youth (Tegan, Cody, and Laykin) for sharing their essays on ‘honoring all who served in times of war and peace.’ … It is refreshing to see that our youth understand the great sacrifices our veterans have made on behalf of the United States of America. To all veterans, we say, thank you. Thanks for your sacrifice, duty and for your service. Our nation salutes you, and we gathered here today to salute you. Thank you again for coming today, for your love of our country and for your dedication to honoring the men and women who defend our nation – past and present.”

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