• U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (left) was one the first speaker during the post's Memorial Day ceremony on May 22. Also shown is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Smith (center) and featured speaker Armando Flores.

    AP Hill honors the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony

    U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (left) was one the first speaker during the post's Memorial Day ceremony on May 22. Also shown is Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Tim Smith (center) and featured speaker Armando Flores.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (left), Vietnam Veteran Armando Flores (right) and garrison Command Sgt. Major Keith R. Whitcomb placed the wreath in front of the Medal of Honor Memorial during the post's Memorial Day ceremony on May 22.

    AP Hill honors the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony

    U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (left), Vietnam Veteran Armando Flores (right) and garrison Command Sgt. Major Keith R. Whitcomb placed the wreath in front of the Medal of Honor Memorial during the post's Memorial...

  • Vietnam Veteran Armando Flores was the featured speaker during Fort A.P. Hill's Memorial Day ceremony on May 22. Flores gave a poignant speech that recalled the Soldiers he served with in Vietnam who died during the war.

    AP Hill honors the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony

    Vietnam Veteran Armando Flores was the featured speaker during Fort A.P. Hill's Memorial Day ceremony on May 22. Flores gave a poignant speech that recalled the Soldiers he served with in Vietnam who died during the war.

  • U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (right) presented a Commander's Coin to former A.P. Hill employee James W. Farmer Sr., a World War II Navy veteran who saw action during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.

    AP Hill honors the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony

    U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle (right) presented a Commander's Coin to former A.P. Hill employee James W. Farmer Sr., a World War II Navy veteran who saw action during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on June...

  • The Caroline County, Va. High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps provided the color guard for the Fort A.P. Hill Memorial Day ceremony. The cadets who participated were Shane Beazley, Boen Deffenbaugh, Dakota Johnson and Hunter Brock. U.S. Army Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roland Payne led the color guard.

    AP Hill honors the fallen during Memorial Day ceremony

    The Caroline County, Va. High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps provided the color guard for the Fort A.P. Hill Memorial Day ceremony. The cadets who participated were Shane Beazley, Boen Deffenbaugh, Dakota Johnson and Hunter Brock. U.S...

USAG FORT A.P.HILL, Va. - Fort A.P. Hill honored the fallen and recognized living veterans during a brief ceremony at Medal of Honor Garden here on May 22.

U.S. Army Garrison Fort A.P. Hill commander Lt. Col. Peter E. Dargle said Memorial Day is America's way of honoring those who have given all for their country.

"Rooted in the ancient Greek tradition of honoring their fallen Warriors, Memorial Day is the day we pay our respect to those who, in Abraham Lincoln's words, gave their last full measure of devotion," Dargle said.

"These Warriors we honor today have never sought war for its own sake, but proudly stepped forward when their nation called them to action. Through their devotion and actions we enjoy the many blessings of liberty and freedom we have today. To the men and women of our military that have given their last full measure of devotion we are forever grateful."

Following his remarks, Dargle recognized local resident and former A.P. Hill employee James W. Farmer Sr., a World War II Navy veteran who saw action during the D-Day landings in Normandy, France on June 6, 1944.

"Sir, we are profoundly thankful for your service to our nation and are blessed to count you on the rolls of the Fort A.P. Hill Family," Dargle said.

The featured speaker was A.P. Hill employee Armando Flores, a 20-year Army veteran who served as an infantryman in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds he received there.

Flores gave a poignant speech that recalled the Soldiers he served with in Vietnam who died during the war. They are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

"I have a lot of friends on the Wall, I visited them last year and will visit them this year," Flores said. "Without them we wouldn't be here."

Flores said that Memorial Day is a holiday for everyone.

"Remember that when you celebrate on Monday," he said. "And when you see a veteran, shake his hand, thank him for his service and tell him you're very proud of him."

Following his remarks, Flores, Dargle and garrison Command Sgt. Maj. Keith R. Whitcomb placed a wreath in front of the Medal of Honor memorial.

The Caroline Country High School Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps provided the color guard for the ceremony. The cadets who participated were Shane Beazley, Boen Deffenbaugh, Dakota Johnson and Hunter Brock. U.S. Army Master Sgt. (Ret.) Roland Payne led the color guard.

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