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The Alexander City Veterans Honor Guard salutes during the presentation of the colors Wednesday. Citizens and veterans alike gathered to honor those who have served. | Austin Nelson
The Alexander City Veterans Honor Guard salutes during the presentation of the colors Wednesday. Citizens and veterans alike gathered to honor those who have served. | Austin Nelson

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Speakers honor Greatest Generation at veterans program

Published 1:25pm Friday, July 26, 2013

It might not be Veterans Day, but that didn’t stop citizens from honoring those who served Thursday.
The Walk Thru History Program was held at the Sportplex Memorial Park and was part of the Chamber of Commerce’s SunFest Celebration.
Capt. Fred Roth offered opening comments at the event, which featured several speakers.
“All those who have served or lost their lives in battle are heroes,” Roth said. “Especially those who served in World War II – this was the Greatest Generation. Sadly, this generation is almost done. The U.S. is what it is today due to their efforts.”
The Alexander City Honor Guard presented the colors at the event, and the event also featured special musical performances from Kiki Fuller and Cheri Edwards.
Chamber director Ann Rye said that without the work of veterans, events like SunFest wouldn’t be possible.
“Even though I don’t come from a military background, I know their sacrifices and respect what they have done,” Rye said. “I don’t know if I could have signed up for what these men and women did, and I think we forget sometimes to say thank you.”
SM. Sgt James Machen gave some remarks. Machen pointed out that something was missing from the crowd – young people.
“It is our fault,” Machen said. “We are the children of the greatest generation there ever was, and we aren’t doing the best with what they gave us.”
Machen added that it was never too late to change the course he believes the country is on. He encouraged those in attendance to talk to their neighbors and remember what it means to be in the land of the free and home of the brace.
“As long as I felt like I was serving for a country founded on “In God We Trust, I was proud to be there,” Machen said.

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