Pam Dudding
Contributing writer

Millions said the heartfelt words of the United States National Anthem on Sunday, November 11. “Oh, say does that Star-Spangled Banner wave, o’er the land of the free and the home of the brave,” goes the popular anthem.


Billy Lee, Post Commander of Craig VFW Post #4491, understands this phrase from his time in Vietnam.

“It is a time we honor the men and women who have put their lives on hold to help protect our country. I think back to the boys in my platoon in Vietnam who gave their lives for this country,” he said. “I say boys even though they were the best men I have ever served with despite all of us being 18 and 19-years-old.”

Observed annually on November 11, Veterans Day is an official United States public holiday of celebration that honors military Veterans for their patriotism, love of country and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.

Eugene Francisco, 96, is one of Craig’s oldest Veterans. He recently shared his on the annual day of celebration: “Personally, I’m just happy about the fact that I am still alive. When I was in the war, they kept shooting at me and kept missing until…



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