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Thanks to the veterans

Ceremonies honor sacrifices in defense of freedom

Ceremonies honor sacrifices in defense of freedom

November 12, 2002|by LAURA ERNDE

laurae@herald-mail.com

WASHINGTON COUNTY - U.S. Marine Capt. Michael Bowers ended his Veterans Day speech Monday with two simple words: Thank you.

"Freedom is not free. It costs life and limb. It costs hardship and separation. It costs nightmares and ghosts," said Bowers, the son of former Washington County Commissioner Ronald Bowers.

Hundreds of people paused to thank veterans of all wars for their sacrifices at two separate Veterans Day ceremonies in Washington County on Monday.

Bowers spoke at Martin L. "Marty" Snook Park in Halfway during a service organized by the Joint Veterans Council of Washington County.

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Guest speaker Sandi Dutton of Greenbelt, Md., addressed a crowd in front of the Washington County Courthouse at a ceremony arranged by the Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary.

Dutton, who is running for president of the national American Legion Auxiliary in 2004-05, said she is the granddaughter, the daughter and the wife of veterans.

"George Orwell has been quoted as saying, 'We sleep safe in our beds because rough men stand ready in the night to visit violence on those who would do us harm,'" she said. "Let us thank God for those rough men and women who have been our sentinels for 220 years."

At both ceremonies, representatives of veterans groups placed red, white and blue wreaths in front of veterans memorials.

Each ceremony concluded with a rifle salute followed by the playing of "Taps."

The service was particularly emotional for Dorothy Smith, chaplain of the Morris Frock American Legion Auxiliary, who lost her husband Oct. 7.

John A. Smith served in the Air Force during World War II, she said.

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