'Passing The Torch' on Veterans Day

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER at the Veterans Day program hosted by the National Museum of the Pacific War was Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.). — Standard-Radio Post/Yvonne Hartmann

Paying tribute to the men and women, past and present, who have served the United States, the National Museum of the Pacific War held its annual Veterans Day Program on Monday.

Serving as this year’s keynote speaker was Gen. Edward Rice, United States Air Force Commanding Officer of Lackland Air Force Base (ret.).

Monday’s program held in the Memorial Courtyard opened with a formation flyover and a Missing Man formation flown by the Hill Country L-Birds followed by a bagpipe prelude by Patrick Regan.

Presenting the colors was the National Security Agency of the Central Service Section based at Lackland Air Force Base.

Under the direction of Tricia Eilers, the Ambleside School Choir sang the National Anthem, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance led by Cadet Lieutenant Marcus Robles of the Fredericksburg High School NJROTC.

Capt. Roger Spencer, U.S. Navy (ret.), offered the invocation, followed by a welcome by Joe Cavanaugh, director of the National Museum of the Pacific War.

Helen McDonald, program director at the National Museum of the Pacific War, recognized the veterans attending.

Recognized as the oldest veteran attending was Sam Sorenson of Fredericksburg. He was born in 1916 and served in the United States Navy.

The Ambleside School Choir sang a medley of songs prior to the keynote address by Rice.

A rifle salute followed by the Nimitz Living History Detachment and “Taps” were echoed by Bill Smallwood and Lt. Col. Randy Richter (ret.).

The National Security Agency/CSS retired the colors.

Following the program was a bagpiper presentation in the Samuel B. Roberts Pavilion.

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