Also part of the ceremony was an invocation from Clinton County American Legion Auxiliary Chaplain Gerri Wright, who asked that people make every day, not just Veterans Day, a time to remember those who have served the country.
“Let us pray unceasingly for peace, peace in the hearts of those who made wars (and) peace in the hearts, minds and bodies who have fought these wars,” she said.
“Let us not only remember but never forget our debt of gratitude to our veterans.”
Wright added that people need be mindful of the programs and resources available for veterans when they return home from deployment, as well as for families of those serving in the military.
“There is much that can be done and much that we can do,” she said.
One such resource is the Clinton Community College Veterans Club, which, Duvall said, raises money for area veterans and helps them find answers to questions about the benefits they are entitled to.
“The club also provides a sense of belonging to veterans who are making the transition, not only into civilian life but into student life as well,” he said.
In addition to the words of speakers, veterans were honored with a 21-gun salute and a performance of “Taps” by Jim Bougill, a professor at the college.
Members of the Plattsburgh State ROTC Honor Guard were on hand to perform a ceremonial folding of the flag.
“This college has a tremendous place in local history and a tremendous role in passing on that history around us to tomorrow’s generation, and that’s what makes this particular observance so special,” Middleton said.
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