“This city has a great tradition of caring for our veterans,” said Col. Thomas A. Allmon as he began his speech at the VFW’s Veterans Day ceremony. “We honor veterans of past and present.”
Liberty County resident and veteran Buddy DeLoach, who has attended the VFW’s ceremonies since they began decades ago, can personally attest to the city’s unwavering gratitude for veterans.
“I remember when the VFW started this ceremony, and I think I’ve been just about every year since,” DeLoach said. “It’s a day when we remember what men and women have done to preserve freedom.”
On Tuesday morning, DeLoach joined several city officials, a large crowd of Hinesville veterans and their families and friends to listen to Allmon, who encouraged the audience to remember, appreciate and honor the thousands of veterans who fought for the country throughout the years.
After thanking the crowd of about 250 for its support, Allmon said veterans deserve the appreciation of their cities and the nation because, as the primary form of defense for our country, they hold an incalculable amount of responsibility on their shoulders — whether they’re serving in the United States or overseas.
“They were there to carry out the heavy burdens of our country,” Allmon said. “And willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for its defense.”
The audience listened solemnly as Allmon shared the names and stories of five soldiers who recently died in the ongoing wars in Iraq or Afghanistan. All five received the nation’s top honor, the Medal of Honor. Allmon touted the decisions made by those soldiers to fight future terror attacks on the United States.
“These soldiers said, ‘not on my watch,’ ” Allmon said.
He closed with a simple request.
“God bless our brave and honored veterans,” he said.