ROUSES POINT — Today, we remember the men and women who defended freedom and preserved America’s heritage, said Robert St. John.
Strength resided in the justice of our cause and determination made us better warriors, said the commander of American Legion Post 912 in Rouses Point.
“We continue our endeavors on behalf of an honorable world peace with a feeling of profound gratitude to God, and to the men and women who gave their lives as their part of the cost of this noblest of causes,” St. John said, as veterans, the community and American Legion Posts 767 and 912, along with Veteran of Foreign War Post 1418 observed Veterans Day at Post 912 in Rouses Point.
“Out of blood and sweat we learned of purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery and discipline,” St. John said.
Those are the foundations of a great nation, he said. And to continue to pursue honorable peace, those virtues must be cultivated.
Ken Peete, commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1418, spoke of a contagious heroism, and sacrifice on the battlefield, in the same breath cautioning against brutality.
“Let us strive to see the same spirit of self-sacrifice that is cultivated in war carry over and be exhibited in peace.”
Peete called on those gathered to inspire youth in peace as they have been inspired in war.
Public honor must be given where it is due, he said, and not to the manipulator of a market, or the seeker of profit, power and position. Such honor is due the heroes of science who alleviate human suffering and elevate the standards of civilization.
“Let us honor those who devote their lives to that education, which will lead our children to live and laugh and learn and love, as we have only dreamed of doing,” Peete said. “Let us honor veterans who carry into ordinary affairs of life a noble idealism and a sincere capacity for self devotion.”