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Veterans Day: A Time to Reflect

Hundreds attend a memorial ceremony at Lakewood Park on Sunday morning.

Hundreds of people attended the annual Veterans Day ceremony to honor men and women in uniform at Lakewood Park on Sunday.

The event began with the Presentation of Colors followed by the singing of the National Anthem by the Four Vet Quartet. 

This year’s scheduled keynote speaker featured Col. David W. Taylor, a Vietnam veteran who retired from the USAR in 1993 after 25 years of service.

His awards and decorations include the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Purple Hearts, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, two Army Meritorious Service Medals and the Army Commendation Medal.

Other highlights of this year’s program included performances by the Lakewood High School Band, and a 21-gun salute by the Joint Veterans Honor Guard.

Mayor Michael Summers offered some brief remarks and Lakewood Poet Laureate Bill Knittel offered a poem recognizing veterans. 

Following the ceremony, coffee and doughnuts were served in the Woman’s Club Pavilion at Lakewood Park.

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