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Amid bitter cold, warm thanks from a country well served

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Al Benton, who served in the Air Force in Korea,lays a wreath during Veterans Day ceremonies on Saturday at the Common in Rochester. (Rochester Voice photos)

Rochester and Milton residents braved bitter cold on Saturday to honor our servicemen and servicewomen for their sacrifice for country.

While Memorial Day is set aside to salute our war dead, Veterans Day is a time to honor and thank the Americans who served their country not only in wartime, but in peace, explained Gordon Oliver, Chaplain of the Rochester Veterans Council and Officer of the day during a ceremony at the Commons.

Oliver read a proclamation from President Trump that detailed some of the improvements he has made in veterans services, including medical care, and declared the day to be set aside to honoring all those who served, both at home and on foreign soil.

A Color Guard presents the Stars and Stripes at the start of Veterans Day observances in Rochester on Saturday morning.

After a Color Guard presented the Stars and Stripes the American Flag was lowered to half-staff for the ceremony.

Then one by one, veterans from all branches of the military laid wreaths commemorating the service of those who came forward to help keep our country free.

After wreaths were laid for those who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines, American Legion Commander Robert Talbot laid a wreath remembering American POW/MIAs.

A large ROTC contingent from Spaulding High School complemented military organizations such as the AMVETS Post 1, The Veterans Council, The Rochester American Legion and The Rochester VFW among others.

After the wreaths was laid the ceremony concluded with the playing of "Taps."

ROTC cadets from Spaulding High look on as other cades lower "Old Glory" to half-staff at Saturday's Veterans Day ceremony at the Common.

In Milton a smaller crowd stood in Veterans Park to honor our servicemen and servicewomen.

On hand for the Milton festivities were representatives from Milton VFW Post 8393, Milton American Legion Post 61 and the Union VFW Post 7663.

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