One by one, the names of Georgia’s fallen serviceman were called out as students, faculty, staff and guests looked out over Swan Lake. Clayton State University honored those who serve in the armed forces last Thursday during its annual Veterans Day ceremony.
“Having a day where we honor our heroes as a nation is important to make them understand that we understand their sacrifice that they made,” said Maria Adams, Veterans Resource Coordinator.
Veteran’s Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the bill establishing the federal holiday as law on May 26, 1954. The day recognizes the armistice during World War I between Allied nations and Germany. The agreement signaled the end of several major hostilities that were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918.
“The very simple fact that a nation will want to honor what we have done as a veteran is a very, very emotional thing to think about,” said Jeffrey DeTar, mayor of the city of Morrow and an Army veteran.
DeTar enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1971 and served 20 years. He was stationed in West Berlin, Germany in the 1970s, told guests at Thursday’s event he felt he played an important role to advance the movement to tear down the Berlin Wall and bring freedom to the people.
“There’s a tremendous since of service you learn when you have been in the military and that service continues,” DeTar said.