Veterans honored at Veteran's Memorial Plaza ceremony

Lt. General Brad Webb spoke on local veterans and what it means to serve during the Veteran's Day ceremony. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)
Lt. General Brad Webb spoke on local veterans and what it means to serve during the Veteran's Day ceremony. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)

Lt. General Brad Webb spoke on local veterans and what it means to serve during the Veteran's Day ceremony. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Local residents gathered to recognize veterans at Veteran's Memorial Plaza. (Jarrett Whitener/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Chamber and city of Schertz on Nov. 11 put on a Veteran’s Day ceremony at the Veteran's Memorial Plaza.

Veterans in the area were invited to be recognized for their service by city officials and local government leaders. Those planning on entering the service from Samuel Clemens’ Air Force JROTC and service members from JBSA Randolph helped present wreaths to veterans and honored each branch of the armed forces.

Texas Rep. John Kuempel spoke at the ceremony, thanking veterans for their service and dedication to the country.

“I don’t think 'thank you' is enough, but it is a good start,” Kuempel said. “So thank each and every one of you for what you have done. Thank you to those that have served, those who are serving and those who made the ultimate sacrifice and placed their life on the altar of freedom.”

The keynote speaker for the event, Lt. General Brad Webb, told stories of local veterans and their sacrifices to keep America free.



“Today, we honor generations of men and women who served throughout the history of our great nation, the patriots who fought independence and equality to all presently serving veterans,” Webb said. “They do so knowing that service implies sacrifice.”

Through his speech, Webb encouraged young people in attendance to consider a military career and work to protect a legacy that veterans set before them.

“America faces challenging times with the rise of nation-states as well as the ever-present terrorist threat,” Webb said. “So we need, we want, to have Americans of all backgrounds, experiences and outlooks to volunteer and accept the charge to be the nation’s sworn shield as American veterans did before them.”

As for other audience members, Webb reminded them that veterans are normal people who go to the grocery store, own a local business or serve a part in the local government. Webb said veterans did not serve for recognition or fame; they did it because they wanted to protect the country.

“They did not sign up for glory or fame,” Webb said. “They are not seeking recognition or acknowledgment. They did it because they volunteered for a life of service.”

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