Chapter 648 Presents Colors at Maryland Veterans Day Event

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 648 presented colors at an annual Veterans Day program Nov. 11 at the Eastern Shore (Md.) Veterans Cemetery. The ceremony included a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, an invocation by the Rev. Denzil Cheek and a reading of Gov. Larry Hogan’s proclamation of Veterans Day.

Guest speaker Tom Rippon, senior vice commander of the Department of Maryland VFW, noted that the nation’s first Veterans Day was celebrated 99 years ago at Arlington National Cenetery to recognize the end of World War I three years prior. “Nearly 100 years later, there are thousands of men and women in our military once again taking up arms against the enemies of our way of life,” he said.

“Like the generations of patriots before them, these few shoulder the burdens of many,” Rippon added. “They serve because they know it is necessary for the greater good. There should be no doubt that without the sacrifice of our veterans, without their love and dedication of spirit, tyranny and evil will prevail.”




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