Veterans honored, well fed Saturday in York

YORK – A Husker home football game at 11 a.m. did no favors for attendance at Veterans Day activities at the York National Guard Armory. However, vets who attended were nonetheless thanked, honored and generously fed.

The traditional meal of hearty beef stew, coleslaw, stewed prunes and delicious desserts baked by the auxiliary ladies who served the meal was a crowd pleaser.

The National Anthem was sung by the York quartet of Pam and Lester Miller and Amy and Jansen Fraser.

Army SSG Aaron Alvarez drew the honor of addressing the audience as keynote speaker.

“Veterans Day,” he began, “is not just about looking back” into history, but also to recognize those who continue to serve, for the families who support them and, of course, those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

He encouraged one and all to “extend a hand to our veterans, not just on this day but throughout the year. Remember our commitment to honor and support our vets and assure them their sacrifices are not forgotten.”

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Ron Dedlow of York, a Marine awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in Vietnam, leads Veterans Day diners through the slum feed chow line Saturday afternoon at the York National Guard Armory.
The procession of flags presented by American veterans marches to the front as the annual Veterans Day program begins.
York veteran Dexter Huber posts the American Flag during Veterans Day ceremonies Saturday at the National Guard Armory.
Singing the National Anthem, all from York are: (from left) Pam Miller, Amy Fraser, Jansen Fraser and Lester Miller.
Army SSG Aaron Alvarez was the keynote speaker for Veterans Day in York this year.
This solemn display silently honors York area veterans who passed away from December 2022 until today.
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