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Remembering Veterans On Veterans Day

By Staff | Nov 17, 2015

VETERANS DAY -- Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails delivered the Veterans Day address at VFW Post #2295 last week. She is pictured (above) with Palo Alto County Veterans Dave Waldschmidt (left)?and Ken Kerber (right). - Jane Whitmore photo

“It is my privileged to join all of you on Veterans Day,” said Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails when she greeted the group at the VFW hall last week. “What they have sacrificed is appreciated.”

She told the group of veterans and community residents, “Our veterans sacrificed a lot so we can continue to live in a country that truly allows us the freedoms that we enjoy. Those freedoms are completely foreign concepts in many countries through the world.”

Looking back in history, she said, “For those of us that have served and continue to serve, whether during peace time or war time, Veterans Day has a very special meaning and a special significance.

“Since the beginning of our nation during the Revolutionary War when our colonists, our forefathers, stood up to what they believed was an oppressive government, in order to make sure that their families, and all of us that followed, have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. And to insure that they endowed upon all of us the freedoms that are granted by the Constitution.”

Remembering veterans, the Command Sgt. Major added, “”We’ve had millions of service members in all of the many wars that we’ve fought, both past and present, who have sworn to defend those rights and many of them have given their lives in service to our country and for us, their fellow Americans.

VETERANS DAY -- Command Sergeant Major Rachel Fails delivered the Veterans Day address at VFW Post #2295 last week. Her comments centered on “freedom,” which was also the theme of music presented by the Emmetsburg Catholic School Elementary Chorus. The students, under the direction of Kelley Fog, sang several selections. - Jane Whitmore photo

“Today is our day to remember those who served this nation and to truly show our appreciation for what that service means to us, as citizens. We’re gathered here today to recognize our veterans of all services who have sacrificed to defend the rights of not only us as Americans, but to defend the rights of citizens all over the world so that they also have freedom from hatred, freedom from fear and want, and freedom from tyranny.”

The Command Sgt. Major has 29 years of military service, beginning her career with the Iowa Army National Guard in 1986.

Joining Command St. Major Fails on the program were the Rev. Nicholas Thackery, pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg, and Terry Chamberlain, Commander of VFW Post #2295, Emmetsburg.