Westmoreland County veterans were honored last Saturday on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, significant as the very date and time that an armistice agreement was reached in 1918 leading to the end of WWI, The Great War. It was also the date that would later be established as Veterans Day.
A.T. Johnson Museum (ATJM) and Westmoreland County Museum (WCM) teamed up to give a luncheon to honor surviving county WWII men and women, and veterans of other more recent conflicts. Special guests were First District Congressman Rob Wittman of Montross, and Navy Commander Kevin Carey, a 1989 W&L High School graduate with 23 years of military service, currently stationed at the Pentagon.
“To those who fought in World War Two, thank you, thank you,” said Wittman. “You are truly The Greatest Generation who went to war to fight for our principles. You served and came back to build our nation, making it what it is today – the greatest nation in the world, with the greatest military. Thank you for your sacrifice, and for putting others first. I think one reason we are all on this earth is to make a difference in at least one other person’s life. You made an impact on many lives. You were truly servant leaders who went to war to save the cause of liberty.”
Pick up a copy of the November 15 edition of the Westmoreland News to read the full story