On a sunny but cold Saturday morning, veterans were honored at the Yadkin County Park. Special programs take place at the park, located behind the YMCA in Yadkinville, each year for Veterans Day and Memorial Day. A crowd attended the ceremony, despite the chilly temperature.
“It is an honor to have you all here,” said veteran Pete Knight in his welcome speech. Members of a local Boy Scout troop also took part in the ceremony.
David Shore of American Legion Post 336, a former state commander with the American Legion, spoke briefly at the event.
He read from an award-winning essay written by a middle-school student in a nationwide contest on some of the qualities of veterans.
“Veterans are brave, they look hard times in the eye. They took risks to protect others. They stood when no one thought they would. Veterans are loyal. They stood by their family, friends, military brothers and sisters and by their country. They never stopped believing in freedom,” Shore quoted from the essay.
Veterans were invited to share a meal together at the VFW post in Hamptonville following the ceremony.
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