'Build to Serve' on display
November 15, 2012
VICKSBURG, Miss.- Soldiers of 412th Theater Engineer Command were out in full force to not only honor veterans of past and current wars, but to also share their unique 'Soldier for Life' experience with members of the local community, during Veterans Day celebration here Nov. 12.
This was a win-win situation for our Soldiers, and no one can communicate our 'Army Strong, Twice the Citizen' story better than we can, said Sgt. 1st Class Henry, NCOIC for the 412th team.
We're here to honor, meet and learn from the valuable experience of our veterans of War World II , Korean War, Vietnam War, Afghanistan and Iraq, and to engage with our local community about who we are and what we do as Army Reserve Soldiers at 412th TEC, he said.
The 'Build to Serve' team didn't miss a beat, as Soldiers interacted with parade spectators when the event kicked off at 10 a.m., entertained questions from the public about their military static display, demonstrated the mechanics and operation of a HMMWV and LMTV vehicles, and facetime conversations with veterans of WWII, Korean War and Vietnam War.
This was really nice, first time to see so many veterans from different wars in one place. I'm impressed with the display and to have soldiers eager to share their experience with us," said Shane Shumake of the Chahta Alla Youth Council.
Event coordinator, Sue Bagby, seconded the thought. The presence of the 412th here was refreshing and hard to ignore, visitors gravitated to their area to find out more about their story.
Soldiers were actively roaming the area, reaching out to other vendors and visitors, talking proudly about who and what they do as not only members of the military, but members of our local community as well.
A 'Welcome Home Warrior' flag was signed by veterans at the event and will be displayed at the 412th TEC headquarters here at the George A. Morris Army Reserve Center.