CITY HALL CEREMONY HONORS VETERANS
Rep. Gibson, a retired Army colonel, says Americans ‘are truly fortunate’
KINGSTON >> The United States would not have the opportunities it does without the men and women willing to step forward and “stand up for our freedoms,” U.S. Rep. Chris Gibson said Friday.
Gibson, R-Kinderhook, spoke at the annual Veterans Day ceremony at Kingston City Hall. A retired Army colonel, Gibson spoke about his gratitude for the community, for the Kingston Veterans Association providing support to its members, and for the nation.
“We are truly fortunate,” said Gibson, who is leaving Congress at year’s end. “In the history of the world, there’s never been a country with so much possibility and opportunity.” He said the nation clearly faces challenges but he hopes people can come together to address them.
Kingston Mayor Steve Noble also expressed thanks to the veterans of the community, including members of his own family. He said the idea of public service was instilled in him at a young age because of them.
During the ceremony, Kingston Veterans Association Chairman Bill Forte read from a memorandum issued by William McRaven, a retired Navy admiral who is a chancellor in the University of Texas System. McRaven wrote about respect for the American flag and that while no one should be compelled to stand for it, they should recognize that by sitting in protest, they are disrespecting everyone who sacrificed to make this country what it is today.
Following a ceremony in the Common Council Chamber at City Hall, there was a wreath laying at the veterans’ monument on the building’s front lawn and the playing of taps.
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, marks the anniversary of the World War I armistice being signed on Nov. 11, 1918, and is a federal holiday on which all U.S. military veterans are honored.
Veterans participate in Friday’s ceremony at Kingston City Hall.
A wreath is placed at the veterans monument in front of Kingston City Hall on Friday.