(Times Bulletin/Ed Gebert)
BY ED GEBERT
Times Bulletin Editor
VAN WERT - A rainy day forced the program inside, but the annual Veterans Day tribute hosted by the American Legion with the cooperation of the Veterans of Foreign Wars was held to honor those who have served the country.
Commander Colleen Wiley of VFW Post 5803 was the featured speaker for the event. She highlighted some of the sacrifices made by those in military service as well as the acquiring of a new family made up of those serving alongside."We veterans come in different shapes, sizes, and backgrounds, but one thing is in common - our love for our country," Wiley stated. She closed her speech with a poem by an anonymous author entitled, "When You Look at a Soldier" which concludes, "When you look at a soldier, you see the Home of the Brave."
Also on hand to speak was Van Wert Mayor Don Farmer who thanked veterans for their service, reminding the crowd, "Today we recognize those people, but it's one day we should hear their cries and their demands that they put upon us to continue what they sacrificed for."
The speeches were followed by a 21-gun salute from the honor guard and the playing of Taps. Those in attendance were then invited to take part in a free luncheon at the American Legion.