Veterans salute as the colors are presented at the Middletown
MIDDLETOWN – The Elks Club in Middletown was filled Saturday morning
with veterans of all ages, residents of the Middletown-Wallkill area and
Boys and Girl Scouts, all to pay tribute to those who served and continue
to serve the country as the nation celebrated Veterans Day.
James Scali, commander of the Middletown American Legion Post 1181, said
that while service members swore their allegiance to protect the country
while in the military, “to my recollection, no one has ever relieved
us of that duty; therefore, we continue to serve our country through organizations
like the VFW, the DAV, Vietnam Veterans of America and the American Legion.”
Rosie Otero-Walsh, a retired Army staff sergeant, representing women in
the armed forces, said “in tolerance there is progress, a progress
toward a better and happier world.”
Navy veteran Barry Schnipper noted Veterans Day is also set aside to remember
those who are serving today. “The war on terrorism has helped us
realize how truly the American way of life is. The freedom we enjoy is
extremely special and that is why we must defend it,” he said. “The
defense of freedom is not just for those in the military. Each of us shares
our duty and that responsibility. We can protect our freedom by simply
defending it, but also voting in elections or speaking out against injustices,
volunteering in our communities or teaching our children what it means
to be an American.”
Air Force Staff Sgt. John Pagan continued the theme, saying, “without
a doubt, we are the greatest nation in the world.”
“It takes courage for a soldier to risk his life and limb for their
country. The least we can do is honor them,” Middletown City Treasurer
Donald Paris told the gathering.
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