Bill Tallman, commander of American Legion Post 767 in Champlain recalled the courage of individuals faced with danger, as well as the courage of nations that protect the weak.
But he noted that there is bravery to be shown in peace as well.
“We can turn the slums into comfortable homes and turn uncertainty into certainty,” Tallman said. “We can reach new heights of civilization and opportunity for the men and women of this nation if we have the courage to expect and work for a better way of life.”
Amber St. John, president of the Post 912 Auxiliary, reminded everyone not to forget that the repercussions of war’s brutality have dimmed the hopes and dreams of loved ones left behind.
“In our constant quest for an honorable world peace, there is need for unity of purpose if we truly are to move toward a brighter tomorrow,” Amber said.