United States military veterans received a 300-person strong “thank you” from the community Thursday morning.
The annual Community-Wide Veteran's Day observance included patriotic music and speeches from local dignitaries. Most of all, however, attendees were urged to thank this country's veterans for their service and sacrifice.
“A sincere 'thank you' means more to veterans than any other reward,” said John Fisher of the local VA Medical Center, who served as master of ceremonies at the event. “While I'm not the first to thank you for your service, I want to ensure than I certainly won't be the last.”
Representatives from the community's business, church and education sectors took turns to express their gratitude to those who have served in the military.
“In war, you defended your homes, your country and your people,” said Debbye ValVerde, executive director of the Big Spring Area Chamber of Commerce. “We are proud you live and do business in our community. You are an integral piece of the quilt that covers our community. Whatever your situation may be, you have joined our business community in some way and you have made your mark.
“In countless ways, you have laid the foundation of our business community, and we are the better for it,” ValVerde added.