BOCC honors veterans during special week

The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter No.192
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The Board of County Commissioners are pictured with representatives of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter No.192

The Citrus County Board of County Commissioners presented a Proclamation at their regular meeting on Oct. 25, proclaiming the week of Oct. 29 through Nov. 14, 2016 as “Veterans Appreciation Weeks” in Citrus County, Florida and has designated Nov. 11, 2016, as “Veterans Day” in Citrus County, Florida.

This year “Veterans Appreciation Weeks” has been set aside to honor the Korean War Era Veterans.

In 1950, when Communist armies from the North stormed across the 38th parallel, brave American men and women though weary of combat in the wake of World War II stepped forward to defend their brothers and sisters on the Korean Peninsula. Over the course of three years, through unforgiving weather and severe danger, nearly 1.8 million Americans joined in the fight and faced down Communism pushing the invading armies back and protecting a people on the other side of the world.

The  proclamation says that more than 7,800 Americans are still missing from the Korean War, and veterans will not stop working to live up to the obligations to their families. America owes all our service members an enormous debt of gratitude. To honor the full weight of the sacrifices made by those who serve, veterans must uphold the nation's promise to its veterans when they return home, and fulfill its commitment to all who wear the uniform in the nation's name.

"It is fitting that the citizens of Citrus County join in honoring these men and women whose service and sacrifice have enabled us to enjoy our freedom and way of life unique only to the United States of America," the proclamation said. " The Board of County Commissioners of Citrus County calls these observances to the attention of all our citizens."

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