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The Daily Guide - Waynesville, MO
  • Pulaski County honors the military at Veterans Day Parade/ Ceremony

  • Hundreds of civilians, military members, students, community leaders, and veterans gathered in St. Robert on Monday to honor and remember those who have served to protect our freedoms.
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  • Hundreds of civilians, military members, students, community leaders, and veterans gathered in St. Robert on Monday to honor and remember those who have served to protect our freedoms.
    The Waynesville-St. Robert Area Chamber of Commerce and the cities of St. Robert and Waynesville held a Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Monday.
    After Victoria Carriger, who competed on "X-Factor" this fall, started the ceremony off by singing the national anthem, Sen. Dan Brown spoke about how vital and special veterans are to the country and how it is our duty as Americans to thank them for their service.
    "We have made a promise to take care of those folks," Brown said. " Having the St. James Veterans Home and Fort Leonard Wood in my district, we want to do the right thing and we will push Washington to say a promise made must be a promise kept when it comes to the military."
    Brown quoted Winston Churchill who said "Never in the course of human events has there been so much owed by so many to so few."
    Brown then talked about how special veterans are, considering less than 1 percent of Americans have served in the military.
    "God bless you all and thank you for your service," Brown said, concluding his speech.
    Rep. Steve Lynch spoke about how not just on Veterans Day, but everyday is a great day to thank a veteran.
    "Those who serve our country don't do it for the praise," Lynch said. "They don't do it for the attention. That is why we have Veterans Day. It is a day when citizens in our community extend a hand and say thank you. Without our veterans, this would not be land of the free and home of the brave. We thank you today for all that you do."
    Fort Leonard Wood commanding general Maj. Gen. Leslie Smith talked about how he attended a Veterans Day parade in Springfield this weekend and was thanked by many veterans from World War II, Vietnam and Desert Storm.
    "They shook my hand and told me thank you," Smith said. " What I wanted to tell them was 'thank you.' Thank you for your service, dedication, drive, and passion for your nation. May God bless you and the United States of America."
    Crocker Mayor Jim Morgan, Waynesville Mayor Luge Hardman and St. Robert Mayor George Sanders each thanked the veterans and their families. In 2013, Crocker, Waynesville, and St. Robert were each declared as Purple Heart cities for their community patriotism.
    "It is often an extraordinary family that supports the ordinary veteran. It is the ordinary veteran that has given us this extraordinary country," Sanders, who is a veteran also, said.
    Page 2 of 2 - The 2013 Veterans of the Year and Veterans Day Parade Marshals James and Wilma Tucker, who met while they were serving in World War II, were honored by the community during the ceremony. Lynch and Brown both presented resolutions to the Tuckers for their service.
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