Veterans and Their 'Amazing Stories' Honored at Annual Luncheon
Posted on Monday, November 12, 2012 [9:49 PM]
COLUMBIA, Ky. -- A total of 188 stories
gathered for lunch Monday at Lindsey Wilson College.
The 188 stories were the veterans and spouses who attended
the 10th-annual LWC Veterans Appreciation Luncheon, held in Roberta
D. Cranmer Dining Center. The event is sponsored by the LWC
National Alumni Association.
"Every veteran has a story," said LWC Dean of the Chapel Terry Swan, who gave the keynote address.
"What a remarkable group of people that has gathered just for
lunch, and what amazing stories each of you has to tell. And we
need to hear those stories because we are losing the
Swan, who is a retired colonel in the Army Reserve, called
the veterans part of "the company of the committed who stood
proudly as patriots and answered our country's call."
"You get two veterans together, and there is this meshing
that occurs -- this collection, this band of brothers, this
camaraderie," Swan said. "I really don't think that anyone outside
of the military can understand it. Unless you've been in it, you
just don't get it."
Swan praised the veterans for persevering through military
"You put up with hardship, deprivation, sleepless nights and
being in harm's way," he said. "But would you agree also … they
were also some of the most memorable years of your life. … It was a
time of coming of age. You were very young, and yet you became old
and very mature very quickly, and you saw the world."
Swan noted that America loses daily of 500-600 veterans of
World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War.
"We're losing their voices," said Swan, whose late father,
Wilbur, was part of the Normandy invasion. "A generation is passing
and the torch is being passed on; a new generation of freedom
fighters are stepping in their places."
It's equally important, however, for society to remember all
veterans' stories, Swan said.
"You answered the call," he said. "Every single one of you
here was important -- part of a big organic machine that was
America's military. … You served with honor, and that's why we
honor you today. You are the champions of democracy. We will not
forget you. We affirm you, and we salute you."