One of the highlights, and there were several, was the sun shining off the 52,380 names on the Moving Wall. The Moving Wall, a replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., arrived in J.F. Gregory Park Nov. 7 and left on Veterans Day.
Two Richmond Hill sons names were on the memorial and they were honored at the veterans ceremony. Harry L. Boles and Lowry T. Cuthbert died in Vietnam and their families were on hand Monday to accept a plaque and the thanks from a grateful City of Richmond Hill.
Guest speaker Colonel Scott O'Neal, commander of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team at Fort Stewart, relayed a story about young boys growing into men and defending their countries.
Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter said the ceremony was to honor all veterans, past and present.
"To everyone who served and will serve, we owe them a large debt of gratitude," the mayor said. The mayor also said that Harry L. Boles and Lowry T. Cuthbert were two of the city's and America's finest men who gave their lives for their country and the cause of freedom.
The ceremony concluded with Mayor Carpenter and Colonel O'Neal laying a wreath at the Veterans Monument. A team from Fort Stewart gave veterans a 21-gun salute and Tim Saia and David Krupp played TAPS to end the day.