Local veterans were recognized Sunday at the annual Walnut Cove Veterans Day Celebration sponsored by the Walnut Cove Ministerial Association.
The event was held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Walnut Cove Public Library. Veterans who attended were recognized during the program and then posed for a photo afterward.
“The big part was recognizing the veterans,” remarked Pastor Dan Nelson, one of the event organizers.
He noted that the veterans present represented service from various conflicts, such as the Korean War, Vietnam War, etc.
“There were a lot of different kinds of veterans there,” said Nelson.
The guest speaker for the event was Lt. Col. Gus Thomas, a U.S. Army chaplain. Nelson said the chaplain spoke about his perspective on service and veterans.
“He talked a lot about the bravery of the people … the willingness to serve,” said Nelson.
The other component was talking about how the community can support soldiers and veterans. Thomas named some resources that are helpful for veterans trying to transition back to civilian life or people who want to help veterans in some way.
Nelson said people walked away with a “sense of deep appreciation for the people that have served.”