Veterans Day Truckee: A solemn, informative service
November 11, 2010
TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; On a chilly Thursday, Nov. 11 , veterans and community members gathered at the Downtown Truckee Eagle statue to pay tribute to those who have served and are serving in our countryand#8217;s military to preserve our freedoms in an informative and moving ceremony.
Prentiss and Helen Davis were two of the volunteer speakers. Helen shared a few quotes; most by unknown authors.
and#8220;In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.and#8221; and#8212; Unknown
Helenand#8217;s comment: and#8220;Of course, how could there be? We who have never experienced war firsthand cannot really fathom the horrors of combat and the affect that intense violence, seeing it, feeling it, living it, must have on a person; the wounds it can leave on the brave men and women who serve our wonderful nation of liberty and freedom.and#8221;
and#8220;It is easy to take liberty for granted, when you have never had it taken from you.and#8221; and#8212; Unknown
Helen added, and#8220;I say itand#8217;s easy to take liberty for granted when you know nothing else. In our great nation, the USA, we are born into this freedom and liberty. We donand#8217;t know what it is to live without freedom and liberty.and#8221;
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Helen also quoted Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Elmer Davis: and#8220;This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.and#8221; She added: and#8220;and#8230; and that is why we take this time to thank the brave men and women in the armed forces of our nation, who serve our wonderful country to preserve our freedom and liberty.and#8221;
She went on to thank local veterans by name, then ended with, and#8220;I love my country, with all my heart and I want to offer my deep-felt thanks to all the veterans here today and to all our brave troops for their courage and for their service to our great nation.
Prentiss shared a brief but rich history of the beginning and end of World War I and how President Eisenhower assigned the name change of the holiday from Armistice to Veterans Day to honor all veterans from all wars.
Veterans shared their stories, the Mountain Belles sang and brought the crowd to tears. The Civil Air Patrol Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron were present in Battle Dress uniform.
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