• A memorial stands as a reminder of eight local servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean conflict during a Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill. Nov. 11. Speakers at the event included Silvis Mayor William Fox, Illinois State Sen. Mike Jacobs, Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, and Master Chief Petty Officer Miguel Rodriguez, Navy Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    A memorial stands as a reminder of eight local...

    A memorial stands as a reminder of eight local servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean conflict during a Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill. Nov. 11. Speakers at the event included Silvis Mayor William Fox, Illinois State Sen...

  • Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, gives the keynote speech at the West Branch, Iowa, Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11. The event included the unveiling of the town's new veteran's monument in the town's newest park, Appreciation Park. (Photo by Barbara Toner, ASC Public Affairs)

    Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management...

    Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, gives the keynote speech at the West Branch, Iowa, Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11. The event included the unveiling of the town's new veteran's monument in the town's...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, and David Woods, Scott County director of Veterans Affairs, share a moment at the Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park following the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command...

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, and David Woods, Scott County director of Veterans Affairs, share a moment at the Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park following the Veterans Day ceremony Nov. 11...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, is interviewed by reporter Taylor Umland, KWQC-TV 6, following the Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command...

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, is interviewed by reporter Taylor Umland, KWQC-TV 6, following the Veterans Day ceremony at the Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher Jr., and David Woods, Scott County director of Veterans Affairs, participate in the wreath laying at Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11, to honor all veterans of the United States. Spencer served as the guest speaker for the ceremony. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command...

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher Jr., and David Woods, Scott County director of Veterans Affairs, participate in the wreath laying at Bettendorf Veterans Memorial...

  • Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech at the Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11. The ceremony was moved under a gazebo because of rainy conditions. Spencer's speech highlighted the need to help all veterans, especially those coming back from operations in Southwest Asia. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command...

    Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech at the Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11. The ceremony was moved under a gazebo because of rainy conditions. Spencer's speech...

  • Gold Star mother Teri Johnson places her hand over her heart during the playing of Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony. Her son, Army Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, who is buried at the cemetary, died April 10, 2009, while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Gold Star mother Teri Johnson places her hand...

    Gold Star mother Teri Johnson places her hand over her heart during the playing of Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony. Her son, Army Cpl. Jason G. Pautsch, who is buried at the cemetary, died April 10, 2009, while serving...

  • Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, and Douglas Ledbetter, director of the Rock Island National Cemetery, pay respect to fallen veterans by placing a wreath at the foot of the cemetery's flagpole and monument. Gold Star families, veterans, elected officials and members of the community braved the rain, wind and cold to pay respect to our nation's veterans. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general...

    Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, and Douglas Ledbetter, director of the Rock Island National Cemetery, pay respect to fallen veterans by placing a wreath at the foot of the cemetery's flagpole and monument. Gold...

  • A Vietnam veteran salutes during the playing of Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11. About 100 people braved the rain, wind and cold to pay respect to our nation's veterans.  (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    A Vietnam veteran salutes during the playing of...

    A Vietnam veteran salutes during the playing of Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11. About 100 people braved the rain, wind and cold to pay respect to our nation's veterans. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public...

  • John Adams, Davenport American Legion Post 26, plays Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11.  About 100 people braved the rain, wind and cold to pay respect to our nation's veterans. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    John Adams, Davenport American Legion Post 26...

    John Adams, Davenport American Legion Post 26, plays Taps at the Rock Island National Cemetery Veterans Day ceremony, Nov. 11. About 100 people braved the rain, wind and cold to pay respect to our nation's veterans. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public...

  • Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks to an audience of about 50 people during the city of East Moline's Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army...

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks to an audience of about 50 people during the city of East Moline's Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by...

  • Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, salutes during the playing of Taps at the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army...

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, salutes during the playing of Taps at the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson...

  • Boy Scout Troops 24 and 89 present the colors while the audience recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Riverdale Heights Elementary School Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    Boy Scout Troops 24 and 89 present the colors...

    Boy Scout Troops 24 and 89 present the colors while the audience recites the Pledge of Allegiance at the Riverdale Heights Elementary School Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Trumpeters from the Riverdale Heights Elementary School 6th Grade Band play Taps at the school's Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Liz Aldophi, ASC Public Affairs)

    Trumpeters from the Riverdale Heights...

    Trumpeters from the Riverdale Heights Elementary School 6th Grade Band play Taps at the school's Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Liz Aldophi, ASC Public Affairs)

  • A Marine Corps Honor Guard presents the colors at Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day commemoration in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    A Marine Corps Honor Guard presents the colors...

    A Marine Corps Honor Guard presents the colors at Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day commemoration in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

  • First Sgt. Luther Kirby, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Sustainment Command, speaks at the Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day commemoration in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    First Sgt. Luther Kirby, Headquarters and...

    First Sgt. Luther Kirby, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Sustainment Command, speaks at the Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day commemoration in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief, Synchronization & Integration Cell, Army Sustainment Command, speaks at the Orion, Ill., Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief...

    Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief, Synchronization & Integration Cell, Army Sustainment Command, speaks at the Orion, Ill., Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

  • Members of VFW Post 143 and the Orion American Legion Post 255 present the colors at the Orion, Ill., Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11. Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief, Synchronization & Integration Cell, Army Sustainment Command, was the featured speaker. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    Members of VFW Post 143 and the Orion American...

    Members of VFW Post 143 and the Orion American Legion Post 255 present the colors at the Orion, Ill., Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11. Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief, Synchronization & Integration Cell, Army Sustainment Command, was the featured...

  • Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks with Robert Baecke, American Legion Post 227 commander, following the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army...

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks with Robert Baecke, American Legion Post 227 commander, following the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street...

  • Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks with a veteran following the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army...

    Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of the U.S. Army Sustainment Command's Command Operations and Information Center, speaks with a veteran following the East Moline, Ill., Veterans Day ceremony at the 9th Street Commons Park Nov. 12. (Photo by Dan Carlson...

  • Tony Soliz, president of the Hero Street Monument Committee, places a wreath to honor the eight local servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean conflict during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event honored all veterans and included remarks from Silvis Mayor William Fox, Illinois State Sen. Mike Jacobs, Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command Distribution Management Center, and Master Chief Petty Officer Miguel Rodriguez, Navy Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Tony Soliz, president of the Hero Street...

    Tony Soliz, president of the Hero Street Monument Committee, places a wreath to honor the eight local servicemen killed in World War II and the Korean conflict during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event honored...

  • Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, meets with guests following the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean war. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment...

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, meets with guests following the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying...

  • Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, addresses attendees during the City of Silvis Veterans Day event on Nov. 12 at Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean conflict. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding...

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, addresses attendees during the City of Silvis Veterans Day event on Nov. 12 at Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill. The event recognized veterans of military service...

  • Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, chats with members of the Miles American Legion Spencer-Cook Post 677 prior to a luncheon following the Veterans Day program at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12.  Former Army Cpl. Bob Flemming (center), 89, a World War II veteran, listens with other members. White served as the guest speaker for the ceremony earlier at Goose Lake's Northeast High School. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of...

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, chats with members of the Miles American Legion Spencer-Cook Post 677 prior to a luncheon following the Veterans Day program at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12...

  • The Northeast High School Choir performs "Homeward Bound" as part of the Goose Lake, Iowa, Veterans Day program Nov. 12. Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, served as the guest speaker for the event. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    The Northeast High School Choir performs...

    The Northeast High School Choir performs "Homeward Bound" as part of the Goose Lake, Iowa, Veterans Day program Nov. 12. Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, served as the guest speaker for the...

  • Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech in the Northeast High School auditorium at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12. White spoke on the themes of lifetime soldiering, ensuring success for veterans, and the nationwide effort to make this happen. White is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, located on the western border of the state. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of...

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech in the Northeast High School auditorium at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12. White spoke on the themes of lifetime soldiering...

  • Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech in the Northeast High School auditorium at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12. White spoke on the themes of lifetime soldiering, ensuring success for veterans, and the nationwide effort to make this happen. White is a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, located on the western border of the state. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of...

    Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, Army Sustainment Command, delivers his Veterans Day speech in the Northeast High School auditorium at Goose Lake, Iowa, Nov. 12. White spoke on the themes of lifetime soldiering...

  • Former Army Cpl. Bob Flemming, 89, a World War II veteran, receives applause as he is honored for his service during the Veterans Day program in the Northeast High School auditorium Nov. 12 at Goose Lake, Iowa. Flemming served as a parts specialist for tanks and rifles from 1943-46 in the United States. Flemming has been a member of the Miles American Legion Spencer-Cook Post 677 for nearly 65 years. (Photo by Jon Connor, ASC Public Affairs)

    Former Army Cpl. Bob Flemming, 89, a World War...

    Former Army Cpl. Bob Flemming, 89, a World War II veteran, receives applause as he is honored for his service during the Veterans Day program in the Northeast High School auditorium Nov. 12 at Goose Lake, Iowa. Flemming served as a parts specialist for...

  • Groups of West Branch citizens file into Appreciation Park to see the town's newest monument to its veterans from the Civil War to the present. A Veterans Day ceremony was held Nov. 11 in the West Branch Municipal Building. Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Barbara Toner, ASC Public Affairs)

    Groups of West Branch citizens file into...

    Groups of West Branch citizens file into Appreciation Park to see the town's newest monument to its veterans from the Civil War to the present. A Veterans Day ceremony was held Nov. 11 in the West Branch Municipal Building. Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong...

  • (From left) Patricia Bickford, Phyllis Sondergard, Norman Bickford and West Branch Mayor Donald Kessler stand in front of a packed room in the West Branch Municipal Building as the crowd applauds their efforts to spearhead the creation of Appreciation Park and the completion of the Veteran's Monument inside the park. West Branch held its Veterans Day ceremony and monument unveiling Nov. 11. Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, was the keynote speaker for the event. (Photo by Barbara Toner, ASC Public Affairs)

    (From left) Patricia Bickford, Phyllis...

    (From left) Patricia Bickford, Phyllis Sondergard, Norman Bickford and West Branch Mayor Donald Kessler stand in front of a packed room in the West Branch Municipal Building as the crowd applauds their efforts to spearhead the creation of Appreciation...

  • Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, speaks with guests following the City of Silvis Veterans Day event at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean conflict. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding...

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, speaks with guests following the City of Silvis Veterans Day event at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. The event recognized veterans of military...

  • A member of the Mexican-American Veterans Association plays Taps following a 21-gun salute as part of the City of Silvis Veterans Day event at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. Speakers included Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, Silvis Mayor William Fox, former Marine Corps veteran Robert Neal, and Navy veteran Brian Munos. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    A member of the Mexican-American Veterans...

    A member of the Mexican-American Veterans Association plays Taps following a 21-gun salute as part of the City of Silvis Veterans Day event at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. Speakers included Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy...

  • Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, and U.S. Rep. - elect, Cheri Bustos, speak prior to the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean conflict. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment...

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, and U.S. Rep. - elect, Cheri Bustos, speak prior to the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military...

  • The Patriot Guard and other guests listen to remarks by Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean war. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    The Patriot Guard and other guests listen to...

    The Patriot Guard and other guests listen to remarks by Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of...

  • Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, addresses attendees during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean war. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment...

    Col. Victor Harmon, commander, Army Sustainment Command's Distribution Management Center, addresses attendees during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying...

  • Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, speaks to veterans, families, and friends at the American Legion Post 246 in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11.  Lofreddo was the guest speaker Post's Veterans Day commemoration.  (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army...

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, speaks to veterans, families, and friends at the American Legion Post 246 in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11. Lofreddo was the guest speaker Post's Veterans Day commemoration. (Photo by Sgt. 1st...

  • Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, watches as an American Legion honor guard passes at the close of a Veterans Day ceremony in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11.   Lofreddo was the guest speaker at the American Legion Post 246's Veterans Day commemoration.  (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army...

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, watches as an American Legion honor guard passes at the close of a Veterans Day ceremony in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11. Lofreddo was the guest speaker at the American Legion Post 246's...

  • Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, salutes as Taps is played during a Veterans Day ceremony in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11.  Lofreddo was the guest speaker at the American Legion Post 246's Veterans Day commemoration.  (Photo by Sgt. 1st Class Sean Riley, ASC Public Affairs)

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army...

    Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, Army Sustainment Command, salutes as Taps is played during a Veterans Day ceremony in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11. Lofreddo was the guest speaker at the American Legion Post 246's Veterans Day commemoration. (Photo...

  • Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, meets with guests following the City of Silvis Veterans Day event Nov. 12 at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. The event recognized veterans of military service, while paying particular tribute to eight servicemen from the community who were killed during World War II and the Korean conflict. (Photo by Capt. Johnathon Knapton, ASC Public Affairs)

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding...

    Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, Army Sustainment Command, meets with guests following the City of Silvis Veterans Day event Nov. 12 at the Hero Street Memorial Park in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12. The event recognized veterans of military...

  • Capt. James K. Mick, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Sustainment Command, speaks the Riverdale Heights Elementary School Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

    Capt. James K. Mick, commander, Headquarters...

    Capt. James K. Mick, commander, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, Army Sustainment Command, speaks the Riverdale Heights Elementary School Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12. (Photo by Bonnie Seals, ASC Public Affairs)

(Editor's note: This special Veterans Day coverage is complemented by 40 photographs taken at various ceremonies throughout the Quad Cities region.)

ROCK ISLAND ARSENAL, Ill. -- Army Sustainment Command Soldiers fanned out across western Illinois and eastern Iowa during the Veterans Day weekend, paying tribute to area veterans.

In an all-out community outreach effort, ASC Soldiers gave speeches, conducted presentations and participated in parades and memorial services while representing the command and the Army.

WEST BRANCH, IOWA

Rain could not dampen the spirits of the people of West Branch, Iowa, as about 300 people crowded into the its small municipal building to commemorate Veterans Day and the unveiling of the town's new Veterans monument Nov. 11.

Sgt. Maj. Duane Strong, Distribution Management Center, ASC, was the featured speaker at the West Branch, Veterans Day commemoration and unveiling of the city's new memorial wall.

The ceremony included the posting and retiring of the colors, patriotic music by the A Cafellas, a memorial wreath laying by Ronald Ellyson and Bruce Jeffries, and remarks by West Branch Mayor Donald Kessler. After the indoor ceremony, many of the attendees braved the rain to see the monument for the first time.

The black granite wall that holds the names of the city's veterans, which includes a section for those who left for war but did not come home, was a five-year labor of love for the Bickford family.

The idea for the monument came from Norman and Patricia Bickford and Phyllis Sondergard, said daughter Lisa Bickford.

The Bickfords bought an office building on Main Street and tore it down to make room for the park. The couple and a group of volunteers then set about raising funds for a tribute to those who served in the Armed Forces.

The monument was finally completed and put in place days before the ceremony, with a tarp covering it until Veterans Day.

During the ceremony, the Bickfords and Sondergard were invited to the podium to be honored for their work on the monument.

GOOSE LAKE, IOWA

On Nov. 12, winter moved into the area with temperatures plunging into the 20s.

At Goose Lake, Iowa, located about 45 miles northeast of the Quad Cities, a Veterans Day program was held at the Northeast High School auditorium.

Col. Bradley White, deputy director of Operations, Field Support, ASC, was the guest speaker. He spoke on the themes of lifetime soldiering, ensuring success for veterans, and the nationwide effort to make this happen.

White, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, located on the western border of the state, read a quote from President John F. Kennedy as part of his speech: " 'As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.' "

Prior to White speaking, former Army Cpl. Bob Flemming, 89, a World War II veteran, was recognized and honored for his service from 1943-46. Flemming served as a parts specialist for tanks and rifles in the United States.

Junior Miller, Miles American Legion adjutant, also asked attendees to remember Marine Cpl. Zach Reiff, a resident of Preston, Iowa, who was 22 years old when he died three days after being wounded in the Helmand Province of Afghanistan on Nov. 18, 2011. It was his second deployment.

The day before Reiff's death, he was named "Noncommissioned Officer of the Quarter" of his unit, and was placed on a promotion list to sergeant.

Music for the program was provided by the Northeast High School Band and Choir performing the "Star Spangled Banner" and "Homeward Bound."

The remembrance concluded with a PowerPoint presentation featuring Taylor Morris, a Navy service member who became a quadruple amputee resulting from his duty as an explosive ordinance disposal technician in Afghanistan. Morris is from Cedar Falls, Iowa. The incident occurred this May during his first deployment to Afghanistan.

The Miles and Sabula American Legions provided honor guards. Afterward, a luncheon was held at the Miles American Legion Spencer-Cook Post 677.

CITY OF SILVIS, ILL.

Brig. Gen. Duane Gamble, deputy commanding general, ASC, spoke during the City of Silvis Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 12.

Other speakers included U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, Silvis Mayor William Fox, former Marine Corps veteran Robert Neal, and Navy veteran Brian Munos.

The event honored all veterans, while paying particular tribute to eight local servicemen who were killed during World War II and the Korean War.

The Mexican-American Veterans Association played Taps and provided a 21-gun salute. Opera singer Tonio Dipaolo performed patriotic songs throughout the ceremony.

MOLINE, ILL.

Col. Scott D. Lofreddo, chief of staff, ASC, spoke to a gathering of veterans, family, and friends at American Legion Post 246 in Moline, Ill., Nov. 11.

The event was moved inside the legion because of inclement weather where Lofreddo spoke of the proud tradition of military service and how veterans have made the U.S. the greatest country in the world.

Following Lofreddo's remarks, the assembly moved outside where an American Legion honor guard fired a 21-gun salute and Taps was played to honor those veterans that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

HERO STREET, SILVIS, ILL.

Col. Victor Harmon, commander, ASC Distribution Management Center, spoke during the Hero Street USA Veterans Day event in Silvis, Ill., Nov. 11.

Other speakers included Silvis Mayor William Fox, State Sen. Mike Jacobs, Master Chief Petty Officer Miguel Rodriguez, Navy Training Center, Great Lakes, Ill., and U.S. Rep. - elect, Cheri Bustos, also attended the event.

The event honored all veterans, while paying particular tribute to eight local servicemen who were killed during World War II and the Korean War. The Mexican-American Veterans Association played Taps and provided a 21-gun salute prior to a wreath-laying by Tony Soliz, president of the Hero Street Monument Committee.

ROCK ISLAND NATIONAL CEMETERY

Despite a driving rain, more than 100 people gathered at Rock Island National Cemetery on Rock Island Arsenal to pay tribute to veterans Nov. 11. Brig. Gen. John F. Wharton, commanding general, ASC, served as the keynote speaker for the event.

"We are here to honor our veterans for their strength, courage and dedication, to thank them for the sacrifices they made on behalf of our nation, and for leaving us a lasting legacy of strength and service," Wharton told the rain soaked audience. "We are here to shine a spotlight on our veterans, who act as examples of citizenship, patriotism and commitment to a higher cause that we all should follow. We also remember the veterans who, as the memorials and gravesites in this cemetery tell us, went into combat and never came back. Finally, and perhaps most importantly, we are here to remind ourselves of our commitment to our veterans, to renew that commitment, and to put that commitment into action by providing veterans with real, tangible support and assistance.

"No other community does this better than the Quad Cities," Wharton added. "I've been in the military for 30 years, moved more than 20 times, and served in many units. I have never seen the kind of support that you provide the veterans in your midst. From the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts, to the Honor Flights for our World War II and Korean War veterans, to the respect provided to our fallen Soldiers by the Patriot Guard, your support is unsurpassed."

Douglas Ledbetter, director of the Rock Island National Cemetery, served as master of ceremonies. Chaplain (Maj.) L. Scott Fluegel, Joint Munitions Command, provided the invocation and benediction. U.S. Rep. Bobby Schilling, provided remarks. The honor salute and Taps were provided by the Moline American Legion Post 246 and Rachel Hoffman sang the national anthem.

BETTENDORF, IOWA

At the Bettendorf Veterans Memorial Park Nov. 11, the 2 p.m. ceremony was moved under a gazebo because of continuous rain that started just a few minutes before. But the rain could not dampen the spirit of this holiday.

Command Sgt. Maj. James E. Spencer, command sergeant major, ASC, delivered the keynote speech highlighting the need to help veterans, especially those in the younger age groups returning from operations in Southwest Asia.

Spencer addressed the War on Terror, the name given to the ensuing military operations following the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.

Despite the success of fighting in Iraq and still in Afghanistan, "… we're losing more Soldiers to suicide than to combat operations…" this year, Spencer said.

Ceremony sponsors were the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Veterans of America. The flag detail was provided by the Patriot Guard Riders, with the honor guard and firing squad conducted by the American Legion Post 154 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9128.

Additionally, 43 veterans from Scott County killed in Vietnam were individually recognized. Several references were cited throughout the ceremony citing 2012 as the 50th anniversary of the beginning of American involvement in Vietnam.

Spencer also assisted Bettendorf Mayor Robert Gallagher Jr., and David Woods, Scott County director of Veterans Affairs, in a wreath-laying to honor all veterans of the United States.

EAST MOLINE, ILL.

About 50 people braved the 25-degree temperature at the annual Veterans Day program in East Moline, Ill., Nov. 12. The guest speaker for the event was Col. Robin C. Moralez, chief of ASC's Command Operations and Information Center.

During her remarks, Moralez stressed the importance of helping veterans transition to civilian life and remember those who gave their lives in service to the nation.

East Moline Mayor John Thodos and Robert Baecke, American Legion Post 227 commander, were among those in attendance at the 9th Street Commons Park.

ORION, ILL.

Lt. Col. Daniel M. Swanson, chief, Synchronization & Integration Cell, ASC, was the featured speaker at the Orion, Ill., Veterans Day commemoration Nov. 11.

Swanson talked about how the Orion schools prepared him for Army life having spent his formative years in the area, and thanked the community for teaching him about adjusting to change.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 143 and Orion American Legion Post 255 presented the colors.

The Orion Community Band performed a medley of military songs. Darrel Muhleman, VFW Post 143, gave a short speech honoring 93-year-old Glen Fair, a World War II Army veteran who holds the distinction of being the oldest member of American Legion Post 255.

DAVENPORT, IOWA

First Sgt. Luther Kirby, Headquarters and Headquarters Company, ASC, was the featured speaker at the Trinity Lutheran School Veterans Day commemoration in Davenport, Iowa, Nov. 12.

A Marine Corps honor guard presented the colors. The students sang several songs and a few read their winning essays.

Kirby showed a joint services video and then discussed what a veteran is, explaining they come in all shapes and sizes, that they can be in the Army like him; they could be former Marines, Sailors, Airmen or Coast Guardsmen. He also said the great thing about the United States is that no once forced him to put on the uniform; it was something he volunteered to do.

BETTENDORF, IOWA

Capt. James K. Mick, commander, HHC, ASC, was the keynote speaker at the Riverdale Heights Elementary School Veterans Day commemoration in Bettendorf, Iowa, Nov. 12.

The title of the school's presentation was "A Special Tribute to our Brave."

More than 200 students, faculty members, and parents watched a joint services video. Mick then spoke about why the services wear different uniforms, what they mean, what the flag symbolizes, why it should be respected, and how the military serves our nation.

Boy Scout Troops 24 and troop 89 presented the colors while the audience recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The Riverdale Heights Harmonics sang several patriotic songs. Trumpeters from the Riverdale Heights 6th Grade Band played Taps to close the event.

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