Posing with the two memorial wreaths were Faye Gaston who dedicated the wreaths, Committee Chairman Gene Nelson who presided over the program, Tourism Council President Heather Klinck who presented an afghan to the featured speaker CM SGT (R) Janice Patrick. (Photo by David Padgett)

Posing with the two memorial wreaths were Faye Gaston who dedicated the wreaths, Committee Chairman Gene Nelson who presided over the program, Tourism Council President Heather Klinck who presented an afghan to the featured speaker CM SGT (R) Janice Patrick. (Photo by David Padgett)

By Faye Gaston

Memorial wreaths from the Bullock County Historical Society and the Model Garden Club were presented by Faye Gaston during the Veterans' Day Ceremony on November 11, 2019 at the Richard Stone Complex.

Her remarks were as follows: My name is Faye Gaston, I am the widow of veteran CW4 Jackie Dean Gaston, Sr.

Under federal law, a "veteran" is any person who served honorably on active duty in the armed forces of the United States. Military service is service by an individual whether as a volunteer or by involuntary draft.

The U.S. armed forces are made up of five branches: Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard.

They serve as mechanics, communications specialists, electrical system specialists, armament specialists, medical technicians, cooks, administrative clerks, parachute riggers, air traffic controllers, flights instructors, navigators, weapons system officers, combat system officers, and others.

Our active duty troops worldwide provide an unparalleled global military presence. The U.S. military has active service members deployed in at least 170 countries worldwide.

These range from a single military attache' to the Marine Corps personnel providing security at American embassies.

We have many serious problems in America, but America is worth the service of you veterans.

As Nikki Haley said recently, On America's worst day, it is still the greatest country in the world.

On behalf of a grateful Bullock County Historical Society and Model Garden Club, we dedicate these wreaths to you veterans.

They will be placed on the lawn of the Bullock County Courthouse by the military marker. (Bullock County Commissioner Henry Barnett transported the two wreaths to the Courthouse lawn.)

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