By KRYSTAL RINER
A crowd gathered at the Perry Arts Center Monday to honor Veterans who have protected the nation’s freedom.
Perry Mayor Jimmy Faircloth spoke about the citizen’s right to vote and how Veterans and current military personnel protect that right.
“But here, it doesn’t happen by accident,” said Mayor Jimmy Faircloth. “It only happens because we are willing to pay the price to protect that right. And the group of people who have paid that price throughout our history have been our Veterans and our current military personnel serving in the various armed forces, and domestically, our public safety personnel.”
Faircloth spoke about the “resolve and determination” of the country’s Veterans and current military saying, “They are still standing between us and those who wish to do us bodily harm, both here and abroad.”
“To these men and women,” stated Faircloth, “I give my sincere heartfelt thanks.”
Faircloth then turned the microphone over to the guest speaker, Rev. Glenn Jakes.
Jakes told the audience a story of a hero from Columbus named Capt. Bobbie Brown of the U.S. Army.
Brown, according to Jakes, took out multiple enemy strong points on Crucifix Hill, where, “He took the explosives and ran and crawled 100 yards.” He then destroyed a pillbox (bunker), turned around and did the same thing two more times.
“That sense of duty and personal call to sacrifice drove him on to do this even in the face of danger on behalf of those who were depending on him,” stated Jakes.
Jakes then focused on the Book of Psalms and King David, noting, “We need an even greater protection.”
The program ended with a musical number performed by The Show Kids, who sang patriotic songs.
WR celebrates Veterans Day
From sea to shining sea people are paying tribute to Veterans, and that was no different in Warner Robins.
On Sunday more than 50 people gathered at Warne Robins City Hall to honor Veterans for their service.
Mayor Chuck Shaheen said the City of Warner Robins is dedicated to honoring those who serve this great nation.