Lake County Veterans Honored for Serving Country

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November 8, 2013 — Organizations across the region are honoring veterans Monday for military service to the nation.

Today, Lake County government staff gave special recognition to veterans who are also County employees, and community residents showed their appreciation for the Northwest Indiana men and women who served in the United State Armed Forces.

Veteran Dawn Robertson says, “If I could change places with them, I would have.”

Many veterans and Lake County Government Center employees stopped working for an hour to thank veterans for their military service.

Retired U.S. Marine Thomas Branson says, “It’s wonderful because we don’t ever want to forget our veterans and don’t want to forget those serving right now and the sacrifices they are making with their families with multiple tours of duty.”

The program honored veterans who served in all branches of the armed forces and seven different wars and conflicts.

Vietnam war veteran Thomas Wool served his tour in 1967.  He says today’s ceremony means a lot to him, “It’s gratifying that the veterans and I are being awarded.”

Robertson says, “I just like them to know somebody cares that they did what they did and they are doing what they are doing.”

While veterans received tributes in words and music, they gave their own honor to the country they served.

Veteran and event announcer Ray Guiden says, “It is also a designation of a veteran.  So, you are going to see a lot of flags and pins out there.  People are waving at them and trying to do the right thing, but the ones that wear these that were given out today, they actually say they are a veteran, so you will know they were in a conflict.”

Robertson fought back tears while beaming with pride, “The men and woman that served before me and come back and are currently serving and are seeing combat.  They are veterans.  They are heroes.”

By Denise Turner


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