Rochester Event Among Largest Honoring Veterans

Posted at: 11/12/2012 5:24 PM
By: Katie Eldred

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- It is a day we set aside to honor American veterans. Rochester held one of the largest ceremonies in the state.

This year because Veterans Day fell on a Sunday the Rochester Veterans Memorial celebrated Veterans Day Monday.
It's a day to thank the men and women who have served and still serve our country.

"Those who have served and those who are still serving know that peace has always been tainted by personal sacrifice," said veteran Tom Carey.

One message that rang out this year at Rochester's Veterans Day ceremony, was sacrifice.

"The only people that have made sacrifices during our current global war on terror are veterans and their families," said veteran Jim Sursely.

Sursely knows sacrifice, he lost both his legs and his left arm in Vietnam. He believes our current military men and women may even bear a heavier burden.

"You stand there deployment after deployment and fight on, you've lost relationships, you spent years of your life in extreme conditions, years apart from your kids that you'll never get back," said Sursely.

"Our society goes about its daily lives with little knowledge of what our military men and women do for us each day," said Joe Powers.

The message remember those sacrifices every day.

"Think of the fearless men and women who put on their uniforms every day to make freedom possible, because there are no freedoms without those willing to fight for them," said Powers.

Because it shouldn't take a holiday for us to thank our men and women who serve.

“Each of us are compelled to never forget while we are free to live our lives, there are others who have endured and many still enduring the agonies of pain, depravation, and internment," said Carey.

Joe powers, co-owner of the Canadian Honker and the International Event Center and his staff served breakfast for the nearly thousand vets and their families.