Friday, November 14, 2008

Thank you Veterans on This and Every Day

This weekend I had the honor of participating in two Veterans Day events in the Northeast: a Veterans Day Memorial and the 3rd Annual Eagle Rock Veterans Day Parade. The memorial took place in the morning and was a serene ceremony outside the old Eagle Rock City Hall (and home to my Eagle Rock District Office), where two memorial rocks commemorate our Veterans of Foreign Wars and our Filipino veterans, who are still trying to be recognized by our federal government for benefits related to their valiant efforts during World War II. On behalf of the organizing committee I had the privilege of giving out recognition medals to Jack and Meritt Tritch, two brothers, who along with their brother Stuart Tritch Jr., who was killed in World War II, served honorably in the service. Their father, the late Stuart Tritch was also a veteran. The Tritch brothers, owners of Tritch Hardware Store, were this year’s grand marshal for the parade, which drew hundreds who came out to honor our servicemen and women. Thank you so much to the Tritch brothers, our Filipino veterans, and all our veterans on this day and every day for protecting the freedoms we hold so dear.