Josh Wagner, store manager, read President Barack Obama’s proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of the war in Viet Nam. The proclamation states, “We pay tribute to the more than three million servicemen and women who left their families to serve bravely, a world away from everything they knew and everyone they loved. From Ia Drang to Khe Sanh, from Hue to Saigon and countless villages in between, they pushed through jungles and rice paddies, heat and monsoon, fighting heroically to protect the ideals we hold dear as Americans. Through more than a decade of combat, over air, land, and sea, these proud Americans upheld the highest traditions of our Armed Forces.” The proclamation also honors more than 58,000 soldiers whose names are etched on the Vietnam Memorial. “We draw inspiration from the heroes who suffered unspeakably as prisoners of war, yet who returned home with their heads held high. We pledge to keep faith with those who were wounded and still carry the scars of war, seen and unseen. With more than 1,600 of our service members still among the missing, we pledge as a Nation to do everything in our power to bring these patriots home.”
Greenville Mayor Mike Bowers also recognized those who died serving in the armed forces and the 22 million veterans that are still alive and need to be honored. He urged those in attendance to remember a family that has served this country. He noted his grandfather, father and uncle served in the military. He said, “We may differ in our politics, but we are still one national under God.”
Jennifer Colvin, asst. store manager, presented certificates of appreciation to Walmart’s veterans – Dave Casto, Air Force; Al Furbush, Army; Duane Miller, Air Force (served in Vietnam); and Michael Adkins, currently serving in the National Guard. Also honored was Benjamin Fair, son of Rhonda Fair, Walmart employee. Benjamin is currently serving in the National Guard.
The Greenville Color Guard presented the Colors and Tommy Renfro sang the National Anthem.
|Honored during a special program at Walmart on Nov. 10 were Dave Casto, Al Furbush, Duane Miller, Benjamin Fair (accepted by his mother, Rhonda Fair), and Michael Adkins.|