At times struggling to find words to explain it, a U.S. Armycolonel with 27 years of experience asked about 50 people gathered at a Memorial Day ceremony Sunday downtown to grasp some of the United States’ accomplishments.
It’s a country that rebuilt Germany after it destroyed it, said Richard Hembrock, who is also acting chaplain of Morris Frock Post 42 of the American Legion on Northern Avenue.
The U.S. also rebuilt England and Japan, and when disaster strikes anywhere across the globe, it is often the U.S. that rushes in with aid for those afflicted, Hembrock said.
“What a message of hope,” Hembrock said during a 2 p.m. ceremony in front of the Washington County Courthouse.
Like dignitaries and veterans in cities and towns across the country during the Memorial Day holiday weekend, Hembrock and others paid tribute to veterans who made the supreme sacrifice in carrying out the nation’s military actions and the U.S. freedoms they helped secure.