BROCTON - On Nov. 10, 60 veterans and their families gathered at the John W. Dill American Legion Post 43 to honor all veterans of the United States, past and present.
County American Legion Commander Craig Sutton reminded everyone that every veteran, both men and women, had to set aside their civilian pursuits to serve their nation's cause, defending the freedom of mankind and preserving our American heritage.
Commander Sutton said, "We recognize service to our country and her cause does not end with the termination of military service. We continue our endeavors in behalf of an honorable world peace with a feeling of profound gratitude to God, and to those men and women who have gave their lives as their part of the cost of this noblest of causes.
U.S. Marines and Navy Corpsman pictured from left are USMC Butch Piglowski, Dunkirk; Navy Corpsman Walt Sedlmayer, Fredonia; USMC Craig Sutton, Dunkirk; USMC Jack Hood, Dunkirk; USMC Paul Oyer, Frewsburg; Al VanOrd, Russel Pa.; Navy Corpsman Gary Carvella, Lakewood.
"Out of blood and sweat we learned of purpose, sacrifice, tolerance, bravery and discipline. These are solid foundation stones upon which a great nation is built. In our continuing quest for an honorable world peace we must cultivate these virtues."
Also participating in the ceremony were Chautauqua County American Legion officers: 1st Vice Henry Link, Brocton; 2nd Vice Gary Carvella, Lakewood; 3rd Vice Jack Hood, Dunkirk; Chaplin Stan Kawski, Brocton; Woman Veteran Kathrine LeBarron, Celoron and Chautauqua County American Legion Auxiliary President Carrie Davenport, Fredonia.
Following the ceremony a birthday Hoorah was given to celebrate the 238th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.