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Vidalia Honors Vets
Monday, 12 November 2012

November 12--  The Downtown Vidalia Association held its annual salute to veterans last Friday and heard from retired U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major David Draughn, the Senior Army ROTC Instructor of the Thunderbold Regiment at Vidalia High School.

"I don't believe our veterans receive the recognition to which they are entitled. It's very good for the younger generation to see and hear these people and understand they are in school today and our country exists because of the valor and gallantry of these veterans," he said.

ImageCommand Sergeant Major Draughn (on the left with veteran First Sergeant Marvin Aldridge) spent more than 28 years in the U.S. Army Infantry.

"It was too short and went by too quickly and I can't think of any job I could have held that would have been as rewarding," he observed.

His advice to citizens, "Begin with shaking a veteran's hand and thanking him and let every day be Veterans Day.  If there's a veteran who is a shut-in or in a nursing home, go by and see them because they are inspiring.  They inspire me, even today," he noted.

Amont those attending the Veterans Day ceremony, retired Army First Sergeant Marvin Aldridge who first entered the Army in 1939, got out after two years, and came back after Pearl Harbor and made it a career.

"It meant that someone had to be there for us to remain a free country," he said.

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