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Corinth pays tribute to its veterans

Posted at: 11/12/2012 12:06 AM
By: Dan Levy

CORINTH - Veteran's Day is the day when Americans say "thank you" to the men and women who defend our freedom around the world. In Corinth Sunday night, there was a special candlelight tribute to their own men and women in uniform.

A military color guard, a candlelight tribute, and a 21-gun salute were all part of the program and the pageantry as Corinth residents turned out on a chilly November evening in front of their town hall to salute their own local heroes and to show solidarity with all other Americans who have worn their country's uniform.

Veteran's Day is has never been easy for Donald Monica.

"My best friend was killed in Vietnam," he states, choking up with emotion and wiping tears from his eyes, "We grew up together, went to school together, we were like brothers."

"I don't know how many don't realize how important (veterans) are for this country but they should realize it," said Lorraine Niles whose son, Dennis, served two tours of duty as an Army helicopter pilot.

"I'm glad the ones that were there are back and I wish we could bring them all back," said Donald Niles, a veteran of the Korean conflict.

"You'll get emotional sometimes," Randy Dollinger, a 27-year Air Force veteran says about Veteran's Day. "You think about what we went through and what they're going through now, and those that went before us, what they went through."

To different people, Veteran's Day congers up different thoughts and memories.

"It's so important because it's a time where there's visibility across all of our population for the men and women who serve in all of our uniform services," said Mary Ann Morreale, who retired about ten years ago after 24 years in the Air Force.

For the men and women of Corinth who serve in the armed forces, their photographs will remain proudly displayed inside town hall.