Veterans Day thanks expressed for veterans’ military and community service

RICHMOND, Ind. — Vietnam veteran Bill Engle once thought a veteran’s service ended after active and reserve duty.

Then he moved to Richmond.

“That’s not what I found here,” Engle said Thursday during the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Wayne County Veterans Memorial Park.

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Wearing his “Vietnam veteran” baseball cap, the Richmond Common Council member — and former Palladium-Item reporter — said he discovered a veteran community that was serving Richmond and Wayne County with pride, passion and patriotism.

The veterans, Engle said, built families, businesses and the community because their “tour of duty never stopped when they returned.” They’ve contributed money and time to such things law enforcement K-9 units, food pantries and giveaways, ball teams and Scout groups. They also serve each other, volunteering to transport veterans to the VA hospital in Dayton, Ohio.

Engle thanked the veterans for making Wayne County a better place to live and said their service, both in the military and after, will not be forgotten or go unrecognized. On Veterans Day, they are honored for their military service, but on every other day, Engle said, they will be remembered for making their community proud and strong.

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Mayor Dave Snow read a Veterans Day proclamation, then introduced Engle. The program also included the singing of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the Wayne County Honor guard firing a salute and the playing of Taps.

The Wayne County Honor Guard fires a salute Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021, during the Veterans Day ceremony at Veterans Memorial Park.

Another veteran, Rep. Greg Pence, who served 5½ years as a Marine, also spoke during Thursday’s event. He was introduced by State Rep. Brad Barrett.

Pence, a Columbus Republican who represents Indiana’s 6th district, said he will fight for veterans for whatever they need from the country they served.

“Our country and our government needs to take care of of us for the sacrifices we made to do what we had to do to keep our country free,” Pence said.

He said Thursday’s ceremony was about the service veterans in attendance provided.

“I thank you from the bottom of my heart for the service you gave and the sacrifice you gave,” Pence said.

This article originally appeared on Richmond Palladium-Item: Veterans Day thanks expressed for veterans’ military, community service

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