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Soldiers, scouts salute veterans
Veteran Luis Carreras helps lay a wreath during the ceremony. - photo by Photo by Alena Parker.
Fort Stewart’s Enlisted Spouses’ Club hosted a Veterans Day Observance Ceremony on Friday at the monument across from the post exchange.  
Wreaths were presented and laid by Girl Scout Troop 510.
After the presentation of the wreaths, Mellanie Crowther of the ESC conducted a roll call. She explained how she was ‘fulling a promise” by calling the names of 16 soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
The club first built and dedicated the monument as a tribute to these soldiers in 1991.
Guest speaker was Command Sgt. Maj. McArthur Dixon of the 3rd ID Rear Detachment.
Dixon spoke of veterans who “defended America through the best of times and the worst times with little recognition or fanfare.”
He stressed the importance of Americans properly welcoming troops back home after deployment. He also pointed to the Vietnam War and described how a lot of military servicemen were inappropriately received.
“The military needs our support,” Dixon said. “Indifference and scorn have no place in a hero’s homecoming.”
He said veterans “understand the meaning of hardship” having “seen the horror of war.”
“The legacy of veterans continues to inspire,” Dixon said.
Cub Scout Pack 510 posted and retired the colors for the ceremony.
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