November 12, 2017




Kingston gives thanks to its veterans

The American flag is retired at the conclusion of the Kingston ceremony

KINGSTON – As the nation marked Veterans Day, some 200 people gathered at Kingston City Hall on Saturday to honor those who have served in the nation’s military.

Army Sergeant Bob Nanz, a Bronze Star and Purple Heart medal recipient addressed the packed council chambers. He spoke of the necessity to teach children of today what sacrifices have been made, and the price, in human life and suffering, of the freedoms they take for granted.

"This generation, who are our children and our grandchildren do not understand where they get their freedom from... it’s our responsibility as parents and grandparents to make sure, to explain to them what these wars were about.”

Nanz goes to the VA hospital regularly to visit vets and he suggested when people visit veterans, they should take “kids to the waiting room to see the faces of the warriors who risked everything” to protect generations to come.

The Kingston High School Alumni Chorus, led by music teacher Lisa Graziano sang a cappella versions of the Star Spangled Banner, God Bless America and America the Beautiful.

Ninety-nine years ago, on November 11, 1918, at precisely 11 a.m., the violence of World War I officially ceased. Thousands who had fought for freedom prepared to head home to a grateful America.

Around the world today, one year short of a century later, the nation celebrated both the Armistice, the end of the war, and, since 1954, in America, Veterans Day.

Following the formal ceremony, attendees filed outside where a 21-gun salute was held.


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