Fort Gordon’s garrison commander, Col. Robert Barker, challenged citizens to pay tribute to military heroes by helping them find employment.
Barker, the keynote speaker at North Augusta’s Veterans Day ceremony, said veterans learn leadership skills and a work ethic that last once they shed their uniform. The greatest tribute the American people can give to veterans is a place to work, he said.
“How do we make a difference in the lives of men and women who made such a difference in ours,” Barker said. “Encourage businesses to hire veterans and military family members. Soldiers bring exceptional training and experience to our civilian jobs.”
The United States government has improved programs to help the military transition from service to the workforce, but businesses must aid in the effort to employ veterans, Barker said.
American Legion Post 71 hosted the ceremony at Wade Hampton Park. Veterans donned military caps and pins as they saluted the flag and recited the Pledge of Allegiance.
Country music star Flo Carter sang the National Anthem, and the North Augusta High School Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps drill team performed.
“We honor and remember our nation’s men and women who made a personal commitment to support and defend our constitution and American way of life,” said Jerry Morin, Post 71 commander.
Several veteran’s organizations laid wreaths. Morin read a list of deceased service members from the area.