'The story of bravery is much deeper than anyone can describe'

| 13 Nov 2017 | 07:05

— As tradition dictates, the 2017 Veterans Day ceremonies in Warwick's Veterans Memorial Park began last Saturday at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, the official time of the World War I Armistice.
It was in 1918, after a long and bloody struggle, when the Armistice was signed ending the hostilities. And what was celebrated each year as "Armistice Day" was, in 1954, renamed "Veterans Day."
In spite of an unseasonably cold day and thanks to members of the Boy and Girl Scouts along with their junior components, scout leaders and parents, about 100 local citizens braved the just below freezing temperature to honor our veterans.
VFW Post 4662 Commander Dan Burger led the parade down Forester Avenue and then opened the official ceremony with the Pledge of Allegiance.
'Between us and the dangers we face'He introduced officials present including Warwick Town Supervisor Michael Sweeton, Mayor Michael Newhard and Warwick Justice Peter Barlet.
Sweeton reminded those present that those who serve in the military are all that's between us and the dangers we face.
Newhard described the military exhibit that was on display for this year's 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the Village that symbolized the sacrifices of local citizens.
"The story of bravery," he said, "is much deeper than anyone can describe."
'Be better citizens like our veterans'Barlet directed his remarks to the youngsters present.
"You are the future of our country," he said. "We hope you will be better citizens like our veterans."
American Legion Post 214 past Commander Walt Parkinson spoke about the history of World War I and reported that although American troops were only in combat for about six months, there were over 320,000 casualties including over 53,000 killed in action.
He also mentioned that the last World War I veteran died in 2011 and he urged everyone to read the poems written about that terrible conflict.
- Roger Gavan