Veterans Day: Honoring the ‘Sacred Trust’

Major Gen. John M. Epperly, commanding general of the 29th Infantry Division at Ft. Belvoir, provided the keynote remarks during the Veteran’s Day Commemoration at the Marshall House in Leesburg.

The annual service at the Leesburg home of George C. Marshall is cosponsored by the County of Loudoun and the Town of Leesburg.

“On Veterans Day, we honor every man and woman that has ever worn the uniform of our nation. They are the courageous people who selflessly secured America throughout history,” he said “As we honor these great Americans, we must never forget those that are still missing today and those who never made it home. We must also remember those who are still standing watch on freedom’s frontier today. They are out there right now.”

“Remember, honoring our veterans is about more than what we say or do one day out of the year. It’s about recognizing their sacrifice and that of their families every day of the year. That is the sacred trust between America and all who defend its ideals. As the father of our country George Washington once noted, the willingness with which our young people are likely to serve any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceived the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated by their nation,” Epperly said. “Veterans Day is one way to sustain that promise and trust. The great news is that the bond between America and those that defend her has never been stronger—and that’s a great Veterans Day message for everyone.”

In addition to a crowd that included many veterans, including one who served during World War II, the program was attended by Attorney General Mark Herring, U.S. Rep-elect Jennifer Wexton (D-10-VA), Delegates Wendy Gooditis, David Reid and Dave LaRock, Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman Ralph Buona (R-Ashburn) and Leesburg Mayor Kelly Burk,  Vice Mayor Suzanne Fox and Councilman Marty Martinez. The Briar Woods Falcon Regiment performed the National Anthem, the Armed Forces Medley and the Battle Hymn Chorale. The Loudoun County High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps served as the color guard.

Following the program, the Marshall Home was opened for free tours and a barbecue fundraiser to support the work of the George C. Marshall International Center was held at Loudoun Brewing Company.

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