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Remembering Those Who Serve

Herndon recognizes Veterans Nov. 11 on Town Green.

In honor of Veterans day, members of the Herndon-Reston American Legion Wayne M. Kidwell Post 184 gathered Nov. 11 recognize those who serve and be recognized for their service.

In front of the veteran's memorial on Herndon's Town Green, Dave Kirby, post commander, gave opening remarks before guest speaker state Sen. Janet Howell (D-32) took the podium.

With a handful of residents, Town Council members, town staff and post veterans in attendance, Howell reminded listeners that America would not be what it is today without military sacrifices.

"Americans may be divided over the war in Iraq," she said, "but we are nearly unanimous in our support of the people serving in the war."

Saying actions are more powerful than words and it is important to show appreciation by providing proper health care and financial services to American's veterans, Howell concluded her speech by encouraging everyone to shake the hand of military personnel.

"Say thank you," she said. "Thank you for your sacrifice and thank you for our liberties."

Cadet Petty Officer 2nd class Fabio Garcia, Herndon High School Navy Junior ROTC, played taps on the bugle to conclude the ceremony after Kirby and Howell laid two memorial wreaths before the monument.