“U.S. history, though in no way perfect, has been exceptional as to this country’s recognition and protection of the rights of men,” said Kiwanis Club Committee Chair Brennan MacDowell in his introduction. “And among the reasons it has been so is the exceptional character of America’s fighting men and women — America’s Armed Forces.”
After a musical interlude by Eric Moye and the presentation of colors by the Griffin High School JROTC, the Kiwanis Club presented a parade of service flags in which veterans offered a brief history of the different services branches within the United States Armed Forces.
Allan Imes spoke about the U.S. Army, as Abdul Salaam carried the service flag. MacDowell talked about the U.S. Marines, with Robert Langford carrying the flag. Jim Hall shared information on the U.S. Navy with the audience, followed by Harry Todd carrying the flag. Wayne Stutes provided insight on the U.S. Air Force, as Tom Lipscomb carried the flag and David Beach spoke about the U.S. Coast Guard, with Doug Patterson carrying the flag.
A slide show titled “Then and Now” showed local veterans during their time of service and in the present before the Kiwanis Chorus presented Song for the Unsung Hero under the direction of Sylvia Hollums.
“Thank you to all our veterans who have made this country great,” said Special Projects Committee Chair Rita Cavanaugh, who was in charge of the patriotic program.