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Thanking those who gave

Greensburg Daily News - 11/15/2023

Nov. 15—GREENSBURG — Greensburg remembered war veterans Saturday with a parade from Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home on Broadway Street to the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial on the south side of the Greensburg Square.

As a nod to the Allies and Germany signing the Armistice ending World War I ("on the 11th month, on the 11th day and on the 11th hour") the US Naval Sea Cadet Corps Flying Tigers Squadron stepped off promptly at 11 a.m. from the Gilliland Howe parking lot.

Soon behind were the GCHS Junior Optimists, each member bearing a United States Flag and walking in tight formation

Next were those who fought the nation's wars and returned to tell Decatur County the tales of their toil and bravery. Some were uniformed and some wore only "civvies" with ball caps bearing their branch and event of their service — some even being pushed in wheelchairs.

The assemblage paraded down the course, met on either side by cheers and applause from the thankful until it corralled to a stop around the Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial on the south side of the courthouse.

There, musicians from GCHS heralded the beginning of the service as the Flying Tigers Squadron presented the colors.

A prayer was offered by retired Army veteran and Associate Pastor of Mount Moriah Baptist Church Jack Steves.

The guest speaker for the service was highly decorated active service United States Marine Staff Sergeant Stephen Miller.

Among his awards, Miller has received the National Defense Service Medal with a deployment ribbon and a Bronze Star for his service in the Afghanistan Campaign to end terrorism.

"On this 69th Veterans' Day, I'm grateful to be here with you to honor all the veterans who came before us, those who stood alongside us, and those who will come after us," Miller said.

He remarked on the uniqueness of the service saying, "Not many communities take the time to thank their veterans like this."

He acknowledged the families that remain behind when the call to serve comes, saying, "those families who have helped shoulder the weight of war and the burdens of sacrifice are heroes as well, and we thank them too."

He drew his presentation to a close, complimenting the attending veterans again on their devotion to nation and the desire to protect the homefront.

"Thank you for your service. You represent the best of us and the best of America," he said.

Contact Bill Rethlake at 812-651-0876 or email bill.rethlake@greensburgdailynews.com

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