I’ve always been particularly sensitive to all things dealing with our wonderful service men and women. It’s so important that we honor our veterans of previous generations and those brave, stalwart individuals who are now protecting our freedoms; both here at home and on foreign soil. They’re truly protecting freedoms for all mankind.
Last week I met Tyler Calder, Alpha Battery Commander of the 222nd right here in Richfield. I told him that we love our soldiers, and pledged to him that we will continue to do all that is in our power to support them. I told him that communities are always in need of heroes, and that we all recognize Alpha Battery’s place in filling that need. They are ready at a moment’s notice to serve and protect us, and they have a most distinguished record of protecting the rights of all men and women to live in Freedom’s Light.
Next Monday, November 12th we will recognize those who have served our nation with our Veterans Day Program at the Sevier Valley Veterans Memorial in the Richfield City Cemetery. The 10:30 a.m. program will not only have Alpha Battery’s participation, including our speaker, Ryan Palmer. It will also feature great patriotic music by the Pahvant Elementary 5th Grade Chorus. The Richfield High School Jazz Band, under the direction of Mr. Brian Thompson will also perform.
As many of you know, Veterans Day began as a celebration of the armistice, or cessation of hostilities, at the end of World War I, which occurred on November 11, 1918. At that time, it was thought to be the end of “the war to end all wars.” We all know that didn’t turn out to be the case, but now we use Veterans Day as another opportunity to show our loyalty and appreciation for sacrifices made in our behalf. Let’s turn out en masse to honor our heroes of the past and the present.