Tomorrow is Veterans Day, a time when we honor America's military. Businesses around the Coastal Empire and Low Country are recognizing our veterans in many ways. It's been a deadly week for US forces in Iraq, and it seems now more than ever, appreciation and support for our military is at an all-time high.
Today at Memorial Health, those who have served in any war were honored in a ceremony. "It reminds veterans that what they are doing is not forgotten," said Dr. Iffath Hoskins, who served during Operation Iraqi Freedom at Camp Pendelton. She and many other veterans, active-duty members and politicians were on hand at the ceremony.
Georgia Congressman Max Burns (R-GA Dist. 12) was the keynote speaker and urged Americans to honor our heroes. "If we forget, we lose the essence of America," he said. "We have to remember those who served for our freedom."
Congressman Burns and Brig. Gen. Jose Riojas did just that after the ceremony, visiting a wounded soldier. And while the two men showed their respect for our military, veterans in the audience were grateful for being remembered. "For our older veterans, we're losing them day after day, so this helps our young generation to see what our older veterans had to put up with for our freedom," said Terry Satterfiend, who served in the Gulf War.
The reason they held the ceremony at Memorial Health is because many of the hospital's employees are veterans.