Havana police chief Tracy Smith brought greetings from the Town of Havana to Monday’s Veterans Day ceremony at the veterans memorial in Community Park. “It is an honor to welcome you and tell you we appreciate the men and women who serve in the armed forces and in remembrance of those who once served.
American Legion Post #84 commander James Brennan coordinated the ceremony. Gadsden County Commissioner Eric Hinson brought greetings from the county and the East Gadsden High School Jr. ROTC members posted the colors and retired them at the end of the ceremony. Rev. Bill Bess provided thought-provoking invocation and benedictions.
Keynote speaker was Major Kevin West, U.S. Army (RET.), who is now an instructor of ROTC. He introduced himself as a father of a veteran, and a veteran himself who sees that there are a lot of young people today who understand what those who serve do, and what they and their families have sacrificed.
Havana's Colonel Ernest Moore is honored at Monday's Veterans ceremony.
“It doesn’t matter what race, creed, color or religion, vets understand. There’s a common thread among all of us, to Protect and Defend the U.S. Constitution. We have Loyalty to our country, our families and ourselves. We have Duty to our families, our country, and ourselves. We have Respect for selfless service. We have Honor, and hold our commitments to our country, our families, and our God dear. We have Integrity and Courage, to stand up for what’s right,” said Major West. He said that in his duties as an ROTC instructor it is his job to instruct future leaders. “These young people understand Freedom, and the importance of the military and what the Constitution means. We keep all of those who have made those sacrifices in our prayers. Our common thread is the U.S. Constitution.
Chief Smith and James Brennan brought a certificate of gratitude from the Town of Havana to Colonel Ernest Moore for his years of outstanding work in getting the veterans memorial built and for serving as the Veterans Day coordinator for many years. Colonel Moore thanked everyone and made special note of the committee of ten who helped him with the memorial.