Powerful speeches delivered at area Veterans Day ceremonies

PERRYVILLE, Mo. (KBSI) – Services were attended by the public in Cape Girardeau and Perryville, Missouri for Veterans Day with speeches that touched and pulled at heartstrings, for a better understanding of what the day truly means.

Whether it was WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan or any other form of warfare, many of us have someone who served and sacrificed it all for the betterment of the United States.

“Veterans Day is a time for us to honor the men and women who have served our country currently, and in the future, to preserve our history and the fine country that we have,” said Deputy Misurac with the Perry County Sheriff’s Department.

“Veterans are a diverse group of men and women, representative of every economic, ethnic, and religious background,” said Rae Lynn Munoz, the new Executive Director for the Perryville Veteran’s Memorial Wall. “They come from every state and territory. But they have one common commitment. That commitment is to defend America with their life if called upon. From fighting terrorism, defeating fascism, and liberating slaves. Veterans have a remarkable record of accomplishment throughout our nation’s history.”

Lieutenant Colonel James Sinclair gave a moving speech.

“As we approached the Vietnam Memorial, no one had to tell me and my brother to be quiet as we approached it,” said Lt. Col. Sinclair. “The sense of the place, and the demeanor of my father, conveyed the gravity of this. He slowly searched the wall for a particular spot. He knew all too well and lingered on the names of his fellow soldiers. His brothers in arms, and his friends who did not come home. Veterans do not often talk about their service. Their families and friends may have been the only ones that knew their names, and who knew their sacrifices they made for our country. Our Veterans have missed the births of their children, wedding anniversaries and graduations. They have spent holidays in cold and rugged mountains in Eastern Europe, soggy rice patties in Vietnam, and the stinging sands of Iraq and Afghanistan: the same selfless attitude that drives them to serve, also instills a sense of humility. As if to say, ‘anyone would have done this, it was just my turn.'”

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