Standing Guard Over America’s Freedom Honoring Our Veterans
By Cookie Steponaitis
photo by Cookie Steponaitis When reflecting on Veterans Day, Bub Crosby thinks, “about all of his fallen comrades and the sacrifices they made for their country." In addition to appreciating the“discipline, respect and dedication to a cause" that his time in service to his country taught him, Bub believes in supporting local veterans and working to better the communities in which we live. He believes by strengthening our ties to each other, we honor the freedoms that cost so many lives.
Bub Crosby served from 1968-1974 and is seen here in his office with his military records including his Vietnam Service Medal.
photo by Cookie Steponaitis When thinking about Veterans Day, Dr. Donald Bicknell is drawn to memories of his uncle, Stanley Bicknell. " My uncle was in the Battle of the Bulge in WWII," stated Don Bicknell. " I grew up hearing from him incredible stories of that battle." When thinking on the skills his years of service brought him, Don selected " leadership" as the one that stood out the most. Dr. Don Bicknell served in the US Army from 1962-1964 and in the US Army Guard from 1975-1995 retiring at the rank of Colonel.
photo by Cookie SteponaitisRetiring from the U.S. Army as a Lt. Colonel, Walt Kuehns openly links Veterans Day to the reality that, “freedom isn't free," and feels that his time in the service taught him leadership and gave him the privilege of being a part of the"most highly professional force I'd ever seen." Walt served his country from 1953-1981.
photo by Cookie SteponaitisAmerican Legion Post # 36 Commander Ned Bowen reflected on Veterans Day that, “ I think of those I served with and have not been in contact with. I think of those who I have met through the American Legion and the work and efforts of all the Legion Members who started the organizations and have kept our legion going. I think about those I work with today and the pride with which we keep our American Legion in Ludlow active.” Serving his country in the US Coast Guard from 1974-1978, Commander Bowen reflected on the
skills involved with being prepared and never knowing what was coming,” as the skills which have made the greatest impact on his life and helped him during his days at sea during the Blizzard of 1978.
photo by Cookie SteponaitisAs a member of the Army National Guard and a student in his third year at Norwich University, Phillip looks at Veterans Days through the lens of all the people who have served and died before him. He is grateful for the skills he is learning and the incredible assistance he is receiving toward his education. Currently enlisted and just beginning his military career of service, Phillip comments on Veterans Day, “it is a symbolic representation of soldiers from the past and future, it is when we take time out of life and completely say thank you for your sacrifice for our well being.”
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