Richmond, VA—The warmth of the Sunday sun shone on the shoulders of heroes at a service honoring veterans at the Virginia War Memorial.
George Bland is among the proudest of veterans: the 89-year-old served six years in the Navy. He was serving during the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
"We are recognizing a lot of veterans that have passed as well as those that are living, and I'm so glad to be a part of it," said Bland.
Bland speaks of his gratitude on being alive to recount the harrowing attack over seventy years ago, saying that "the Lord blessed me" during the war.
The blend of young and old veterans was a remind that service reaches across all generations, and connects us all.
General Robert Blackman, retired from the Marine Corps, reiterated the sacrifice of Virginia's veterans:
"The nation owes a great debt to its veterans whose service to the nation spans every decade, every year, every day of our country's existence. I'm no hero, the heroes are the men that lost their lives and died in battle or missing in action." Gen. Blackman continued, "Through untold courage and sacrifice, America's veterans have secured the liberty which the founding fathers sought to establish here in the new world."
When asked how an ordinary citizen can honor veterans on not only this special day but any day, Navy veteran Bruce Dowd gave a simple heartfelt answer:
"Come to the War Memorial and show your support for the military and the people that were in it. Always remember, always remember…never forget."
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