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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Veterans honored during ceremony

  • They may be many years removed from their military service, but a number of veterans were honored Monday at a Lansing retirement center.
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  • They may be many years removed from their military service, but a number of veterans were honored Monday at a Lansing retirement center.
    "Today we honor our American heroes, remember their achievements, their courage and their dedication, and to say thank you for their sacrifices," Nancy Cook said.
    She's a chaplain with Crossroads Hospice. The company recognized veterans who are living at the Twin Oaks facilities in Lansing.
    Certificates were presented to the veterans. Flowers were presented to family members of veterans.
    "We stand in the midst of patriots and the family and friends of those who have nobly served," Cook said.
    The ceremony was held on Veterans Day.
    "Veterans Day is set aside to honor America's veterans for their patriotism, their love of country and their willingness to serve the common good," Cook said.
    She said Americans have rediscovered a great pride in the country's veterans.
    "Because of veterans past, we are free," Cook said. "Because of veterans present and future, we'll remain free."
    She said the veterans who were honored Monday came from all walks of life but they shared several fundamental qualities.
    "They possessed courage, pride, determination, selflessness, dedication to duty and integrity," she said.
    Cook said these are qualities needed to serve a cause larger than one's self.
    As many of 50 people at Twin Oaks were to be recognized during the ceremony. Some were unable to attend.
    The event was was part of Crossroads Hospice’s “Honor Our Veterans” recognition campaign. The company has patients at the Twin Oaks facilities.
    Among those honored Monday was William T. Thompson, who was a master sergeant in the Army. During the ceremony, he recounted his service in the Office of Strategic Services during World War II.
    During her remarks, Cook said millions of have fought and died on battlefields to defend Americans' freedoms and their way of life.
    "That same dedication continues today as others step forward to follow in your footsteps," she said.

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