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VIDEO: Freedom is not free

by Tom Chillemi

Patriots paused for a Veterans Day Celebration held on Saturday, November 11, in Saluda. They gathered on the grounds of the historic Middlesex Courthouse to reflect on the sacrifices of the men and women who have served America in the six branches of the armed services. 

It was a time to remember the cost of liberties that Americans enjoy.

“The cost of war is great,” said keynote speaker retired Army Chaplain Colonel Todd Combee. “The cost to individuals and families is beyond measure for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice.”

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During the Veterans Day Celebration at the Historic Middlesex Courthouse on Saturday, November 11, wreaths were placed at a monument that embodies the respect that a grateful nation bestows on those who gave of themselves for the good of all. Above, placing wreaths at the monument are, from left, U.S. Navy electrician’s mate third class Franklin “Buddy” Wyker, U.S. Coast Guard E3 William Taylor Sr., and U.S. Air Force staff sergeant Richard Hanas. Not pictured is Dr. Darryl J. Pirok, representing Urbanna Masonic Lodge 83, which erected the monument. (Photo by Tom Chillemi)

In World War II not as many men survived after being wounded as they have in modern times. This is due to continual advances in medicine, explained Chaplain Combee.

These veterans “deserve the best . . . the best that we can provide in medical care, the best we can provide in giving them a life that is good and worthy of their sacrifice.”

He thanked those assembled for “honoring our veterans and saying, ‘Thank you for a job well done.’ ”

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posted 11.15.2017

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