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Smiley speaks to crowd at courthouse

Friday, November 11, 2011

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Smiley speaks to the crowd at the Clay County Courthouse during the annual Clay County Veterans Day Celebration Friday. [Order this photo]
A small crowd of citizens attended Friday's festivities.

But no matter the size of the crowd, what was said mattered the most.

Clay County residents celebrated Veterans Friday at the courthouse during its annual event.

Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Tony Smiley was the guest speaker at the event.

While speaking to the crowd, Smiley talked about the "importance" of the day.

"In difficult times, our veterans have kept faith in us," Smiley said. "They kept us free. On this Veterans Day, let's keep faith in them."

Smiley said it was the obligation of all residents to honor veterans for their service.

"We have a responsibility to remember our heroes," he said. "Freedom and peace are never free. We must always remember. We must never forget. I salute all our veterans."

V.F.W. Post 1127 Commander Bob Bigley also took time to discuss the importance of veterans.

He called on the community to continue to help support American Legion Post 2, which is currently using the V.F.W. post as its meeting place.

The Jackson Township Community Band, under the direction of Matthew S. Huber, performed opening festivities.

The band closed its performance with George M. Cohan's "Over There."

Following the song, a gun salute took place in addition to the performance of "Taps."

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