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Remembering Our Veterans
Monday, 26 May 2014

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May 27--  The names of 82 veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were read aloud during the Memorial Day ceremony held at Southeastern Technical College on Monday.  The event is presented each year by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary. 

This years keynote speaker was Lt. Colonel Mark A. Olsen, Commander of the 1st Battalion, 30th Infantry Regiment at Fort Stewart.  Lt. Colonel Olsen reiterated that Memorial Day is a day of remembrance.  “The thing that I think is most special about Memorial Day is that it is a day that is designated for us to take a moment to pause and remember the sacrifices of those of our comrades who never returned and to honor that sacrifice.  The United States is a privileged nation.  We’re very wealthy.  We’ve enjoyed immense gifts but some of those gifts have been sustained and expanded by the sacrifices of past generations who fought and fell in our defense.  It is important I think, that given our well being, that we do take the time and a momentary moment of effort to remember that loss,” Olsen stated. 

He added, “What I would offer to the families is that while we may not feel the pain that they feel on a daily basis that we do our best to remember the losses of their loved ones and to sustain them as they go forward and forge a new future for themselves.”

 
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