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Veterans Day Ceremony - Titusville

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On Veterans Day in Titusville, more than 250 people attended a ceremony at Veterans Park, sponsored by American Legion Post One and supported by the Flag and Memorial Committee.  The ceremony recognized and remembered the contributions of our nation's veterans, past and present.  With American flags waving and with veterans in the audience who served in wars and conflicts from World War II to the present, Retired Navy Captain and Titusville's Mayor-Elect, Jim Tulley, honored the sacrifices made by the veterans of our nation:  "Today is a day for remembering.  Today is a day to recall the past, and in particular those special men and women who have so influenced the present and the future as well.  As we consider the many changes all around us, we may think the future is here and we may be shocked by what we see.  Consider that in the last 50 years, years that many of us here remember, we've seen assassinations and wars, a technological revolution, men walking on the moon, 9-11 and, most recently, the fragility of our economy.  Sometimes it seems as though every solved problem is replaced by three more difficult.  And yet, somehow we know that the more things change, the more the really important things remain the same.  And if there is one great constant that spans the history of this land, it is most certainly the selflessness of the American Veteran.  So, this is a day to remember heroes and reflect on what we are what we are as a people. 

As Betsy Ross (Carole Clarke of the Titusville Pilot Club) delivered the folded American Flag to the American Legion Auxiliary Post One Color Guard, the audience as one stood with hands over hearts or saluted as approriate.   While the crowd recited the Pledge of Allegiance, the Flag almost appeared to be alive, snapping in the wind and flying proudly, fully unfurled. 

Mayor-Elect Tully, verbalizing the patriotic mood of the crowd, said "Did you know that there have been four Medals of Honor awarded for heroic service in Iraq?  Two of those medals were awarded to soldiers who threw their bodies on grenades to save the lives of their friends.  They exemplify the fact that when all is said and done, we are willing to fight and sometimes die, for each other.  But sacrifice comes in many forms.  The sailor who spends months at sea and the soldier, Marine or airman who ensures time away from friends and family in a hostile foreign land--they too sacrifice, and they all take comfort in the knowledge that their sacrifice is the price of freedom.  I believe it is something we feel deeply as a nation.  And if you walk the decks of the USS Constitution in Boston or the USS Wisconsin in Northfolk, Virginia; if you climb Little Round Top at Gettysburg or walk through the serene silence of the Alamo, you can feel it too.  For these places are hallowed ground, once trod by people for whom country meant more than self.  It is why we are here today.  It is why we must never forget the sacrifice of those who have so selflessly gone before.  It is why we are proud to call this America of ours the Land of the Free and the home of the brave.  It is Veterans Day.  It is a day to remember.  It is a day to say a prayer for the brave.  It is a day to say God bless America."

As the notes of Taps played mournfully in the breeze, the crowd was united in its reverence--thank you, Veterans.





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