‘We have kept the faith and we have kept our country free’ | News | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 16, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: November 15, 2017 at 10:31 am
“We have kept the faith, and we have kept our country free,” prayed the Rev. Daniel Cooper, chaplin of the Veterans Victory House. The occasion was the 2017 Veterans Day Celebration held Friday Nov. 10 at the nursing home.
Mayor Bill Young, Colleton County School Board member Gale Doggette and Colleton County Veterans Affairs Director Janet Smith joined residents, their families and members of the community to honor the heroes who have served in the nations armed forces.
Joe-Trez, U.S. Army, Ret., was the keynote speaker. Others participating in the program were Sandra Ferguson, administrator of the Veterans Victory House, Col. Doug Glover, U.S. Army, Ret., Issac Blake, president of the Veterans Victory House Resident Council, Melody Craven, director of nursing, and Rev. Cooper.
Kendra Howard sang The National Anthem and Jackie Conyers sang America the Beautiful. Both are employed at the Veterans Victory House.
The Colleton County High School National Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (NJROTC) presented the colors.
Originally celebrated as Armistice Day to mark the anniversary of the end of World War I — which ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day or the 11th month of 1918 — Veterans Day was renamed in 1954.