Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 974 sponsored an Armed Forces Awareness Day recognizing veterans of all branches of the military and their service on May 18 at the American Legion John Lewis Shade Post No. 6 in Clearfield, Pa. Chapter 974’s Ed Hullihen served as the master of ceremonies with fellow members performing a fallen comrade ceremony; the honor guard was comprised of veterans from VVA and the Legion post.
Bill Armstrong, legislative aide to state Rep. Tommy Sankey (R-Clearfield/Cambria), spoke at the ceremony, saying that the nation should be grateful for the freedoms and privileges veterans and military personnel have guarnateed. “Nearly every freedom we enjoy is because of the efforts of our armed forces and their willingness to serve,” he said. “As Americans were are blessed with a rich history of perseverance. Our progress by no means has been easy, but America always finds a way through so that we all can remain free.”