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|Area Veterans Honored at Galesburg VFW -- STORY AND PHOTOS HERE
|"Thank you for being part of something bigger, something greater." Those were the words of Galesburg Alderman and Vietnam Veteran Mike Lummis who was on hand Wednesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars in Galesburg to honor and thank those who have served, or are currently serving in the military.
Lummis was among a number of Vets who gathered to thank their fellow comrades for the sacrifices they gave to their country to ensure freedom for those living in the United States. He spoke about soldiers that served as far back as World War One and how their legacy were the parents and inspiration for the greatest generation.
Lummis told the group that many soldiers today are in the same situation as troops who fought in World War One, although their goal was a common thread between the two.
"91 years later, we find our young men and women still in harms way fighting in yet another hell hole, spilling American blood so that people of the world might enjoy the freedom that we do."
Lummis says he wanted to say something fitting to highlight World War Two Veterans during his speech because he says they are leaving us so rapidly. He said he wanted to thank all those in all generations who have served.
VFW Post Commander Gerald Wright says Veterans Day to him is both a sad and proud day, which many at the gathering agreed.
(Veterans of wars gather together Wednesday for a Veterans Day celebration at the Galesburg VFW.)
(Galesburg VFW Post 2257 Commander Gerald Wright addresses those who gathered to celebrate Veterans Day.)
(Galesburg VFW Post 2257 Quarter Master, Vietnam Veteran, and Galesburg Alderman Mike Lummis speaks and thanks those who have given their time to fight for freedoms Wednesday.)
(Members of the Galesburg VFW fire off three shots each Wednesday signifying those who have served, those who currently serve, and those who are preparing to serve in any branch of the military.)
(WGIL News story and photos by Dominc Fortini)
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