American Legion Post #290 and the Stokes County Arts Council hosted the annual Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday morning at King Central Park.
NC Representative Kyle Hall thanked area veterans for their service.
“As I stand here today I’m reminded of how blessed I am, and how blessed we are to be in the presence of some of our national heroes. No matter what branch you served in, whether you were in peace time or war time, whatever your job path or how many years you served, raising your hand and committing yourself to service in the military was a brave and selfless act,” he said.
Hall encouraged the crowd to never forget the great price paid for freedom.
“The American experience is unique because we have rarely experienced the enemy on our soil or at our gates. Our citizens do not live in fear of the atrocities of violent conflict experienced daily by so many others around the world and we have our veterans to thank for that.”
Guest speaker U.S. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx reminded the audience of the importance of honoring veterans.
“I get very emotional at these events because of my great love and admiration for veterans,” she said. “We’ve gone through different periods of time in our country where we’ve been more positive about recognizing our veterans. We’re doing a much better job honoring those who are serving.”
Foxx has represented Stokes County on and off since 1995. She attended the original dedication for the Veterans Memorial in King and said she’s proud of the county and how it honors veterans and their service.
“I point out to young people, when I speak to them, that when this country was formed it was the most radical idea that had ever occurred in the world, probably since Jesus Christ. Never before had people believed that they were free, that they deserved liberty,” she said. “We’re here not just to honor those who passed away, we do that on Memorial Day, we’re here to honor all those who serve and are willing to serve so that we can continue to honor the concept of freedom and the concept of liberty.”
She added, “May God continue to bless you and may God continue to bless the greatest country in the world, the United States of America.”
Amanda Dodson may be reached at 336-813-2426.