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Veterans Day 2016
Sam Kouns writes that Jim Johnson gave the Keynote Address this year at Vero Beach. With about 1200 people in attendance, Jim gave an inspirational talk on Patriotism and Taking Care of Soldiers. Sam was the Master of Ceremonies. Also in attendance was Hank Maloney, up from Port St. Lucie.
As it was all across America in cities and towns, Veterans Day was also celebrated in Alexandria, VA. Although the ceremony honored all of those who served, special recognition was given, as it is also on Memorial Day, to the 67 Alexandrians killed or missing in action in Vietnam. The ceremony took place at the Rocky Versace Plaza; Rocky (USMA 59), one of those 67, was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor in 2002 for his heroic actions while a POW until his Viet Cong captors executed him on 26 September 1965. Traditionally, a section of Nick Rowe's book, Five Years to Freedom, that speaks eloquently to Rocky's courage, bravery, and patriotism, is read aloud to all those in attendance.
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