World War II veteran Lowell Hughes, left, and Roberto Chavez, a Vietnam-era vet, salute the presentation of colors during Roswell High School’s Veterans Day assembly, Thursday morning. (Mark Wilson Photo)
An Army helmet rests silently upon a black machine gun. From the gun hangs a pair of dog tags, swinging above an empty pair of boots.
This isn’t just a picturesque cliché. There is a reason this visual has been made into statues, pins and drawings. It signifies the loss of someone’s mother, son or friend. It’s the mark of a fallen soldier.
“Army… Marines… Navy… Air Force… Coast Guard.” Veterans stood as their military branch was announced. “The Caisson Song,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “Anchors Aweigh,” “Off We Go Into the Wild Blue Yonder” and “Semper Paratus” — these songs echoed around Roswell High School’s auditorium, each specific to a branch of the Armed Forces.
“I don’t have the vocabulary to put together a thank you to our veterans,” said Login to read more