During a ceremony for veterans, Meridian Community College took time to acknowledge active duty and fallen soldiers for their time of service.
“We honor veterans not just individually but their sacrifice and sacrifices their families have made in armed conflicts and then during times of peace in the past and also in the present,” said CDR. JP Falardeau.
Some veterans joined the service because of a family history and take pride in the continuation of serving this country.
“I spent six years in The United States Marine Corps. I got to work on jet fighter air craft it was a wonderful experience. I come from a family where I saw uncles go down and lose their lives in World War II. I am proud to be a vet of family heritage of military,” said Van McCarty.
Keynote speaker Commander JP Falardeau says it’s all a privilege to serve this country.
“I was commissioned in 2002. This is 17 in a half years for me. When I first went away it was to the Naval Academy in 1998. “ Falardeau said.