FREDERICKTOWN — “Veterans Day is not to be confused with Memorial Day,” Bob Vernon, commander of Fredericktown American Legion Post 500 said on Saturday. “We honor the fallen, but Veterans Day is especially to give thanks to the living who served and sacrificed for us. We honor you.”
Vernon was speaking to the nearly 80 veterans and family members who gathered at a remembrance dinner held at the Fredericktown United Methodist Church. The Army was represented in the audience, as was the Air Force, Marines and Navy. There was a Gold Star Mother, members of the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, AMVETS representatives, Honor Flight alumni and women from American Legion Auxiliary. All were on hand to show respect for each other and those American veterans and current servicemen and women around the globe.
The evening’s featured speaker was retired Air Force Lt. Col. Pat Bohley. He said America’s youngest, brightest and best stood the wall on many occasions to preserve the rights of others around the world as well as to preserve the rights of Americans.
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