Sgt. USMC Jayton D. Patterson VFW Post 4411 salutes veterans

Published 2:17 pm Friday, November 17, 2023

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Sgt. USMC Jayton D. Patterson VFW Post 4411 hosted a Veterans Day program on Saturday, Nov. 11, that served to highlight the meaning and importance of the holiday.

Post Commander Phillip J. Haley delivered remarks, emphasizing the collective duty that U.S. citizens share in honoring the nation’s veterans and in ensuring that the true essence of the day is not forgotten.

“Veterans Day holds a special place in my heart as it does for all veterans who have worn a uniform of our great nation,” he said. “It is a day that reminds us of the commitment we made to defend the principles of freedom, liberty and justice.”

He noted that the holiday is not merely about acknowledging veterans’ service or expressing gratitude, but it is also about making Veterans Day a custom that is educational.

“I believe it is our job as veterans to help ensure the true significance of this day isn’t lost in the noise of department store sales or everyday life,” he said. “We must work to remind our nation that Veterans Day isn’t just another holiday on the calendar. It’s a profound reminder of not only the sacrifices of all who have served, but of the painstakingly high cost of freedom paid by those who have selflessly laid down their own lives and future to protect ours.”

Capt. Don Wilson, who is serving active duty in the U.S. Navy, summoned Boy Scout Troop 17 members to post the colors, and he then delivered a tribute to “Old Glory.”

Later in the program, Master Chief Walt Miller was recognized with a lapel pin for his service in the Vietnam War.

The last part of the program featured a flag retirement ceremony for flags that were old and no longer usable. It was an educational opportunity in which the Post involved local Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts.

The ceremony took place outdoors behind the Post building with the aid of a small bonfire.

Citing the U.S. Flag Code, Haley said, “When the flag is tattered and can no longer serve as a symbol of the United States, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner, preferably by burning.”

A meal was served in the Post building following the ceremony.