• FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - Veterans of the 319th Transportation Company salute during the singing of the national anthem at the All Wars Monument located in downtown Augusta, Ga. The Army Reserve unit, known as Troxler's Truckers. is  local to Augusta, Ga. One member, Spc. Roy W. Miller, was killed in Vietnam on Nov. 2, 1968. The Army Reserve center in Augusta is now dedicated in his honor.

    Troxler's Truckers salute during Veterans Day in Augusta

    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - Veterans of the 319th Transportation Company salute during the singing of the national anthem at the All Wars Monument located in downtown Augusta, Ga. The Army Reserve unit, known as Troxler's Truckers. is local to...

  • FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, shakes hands with observers during the Central Savannah River Area Veterans Day parade in downtown Augusta, Ga.

    Honoring those who served

    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon commanding general, shakes hands with observers during the Central Savannah River Area Veterans Day parade in downtown Augusta, Ga.

  • FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - First Lt. Hannah Youngblut, 707th Military Intelligence Battalion adjutant general, and Vietnam War veteran Wayne Sieweke sit together during Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 12 at the courtyard outside the Georgia War Veterans Nursing Home of Augusta in Augusta, Ga. Fort Gordon service members accompanied residents during the ceremony and spent their time talking to each other.

    Fort Gordon takes part in area events to honor those who served

    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012) - First Lt. Hannah Youngblut, 707th Military Intelligence Battalion adjutant general, and Vietnam War veteran Wayne Sieweke sit together during Veterans Day ceremony held Nov. 12 at the courtyard outside the Georgia War...

  • FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012 ) - The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band passes James Brown Blvd as they march down Broad Street  during the Central Savannah River Area Veterans Day parade held Nov. 12 in downtown Augusta, Ga.

    Fort Gordon takes part in area Veterans Day events

    FORT GORDON, Ga. (Nov. 12, 2012 ) - The U.S. Army Signal Corps Band passes James Brown Blvd as they march down Broad Street during the Central Savannah River Area Veterans Day parade held Nov. 12 in downtown Augusta, Ga.

FORT GORDON, Ga (Nov. 16, 2012) - Fort Gordon service members spent Veterans Day honoring those who've worn the nation's uniform in activities held Nov. 12 across the Central Savannah River Area.

Service members visited veterans at the Georgia War Veterans Home, where many of the residents gathered outside in the courtyard to hear guest speaker Maj. Gen. LaWarren V. Patterson, commanding general, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon.

"By these ceremonies, we help keep our sacrifices from being forgotten, despite the passage of time," Patterson said.

Patterson recounted the history of the American Soldier since 1776. He said veterans of World War II and Korea were known as the "Greatest Generation" because they were sent by their nation to end the spread of tyranny by fighting on the battlefields of Europe and Asia to destroy tyrants and preserve liberty for our allies and ourselves, he said.

During the conflicts in Korea and Vietnam, American Soldiers again spilled their blood and died to end the threat of communism and to preserve freedom. Later, as a new century dawned, the American Soldier was sent again to defeat an enemy that has struck the people's homeland.

"It changed our nation forever," Patterson said. "Our sons and daughters are on their way home from Afghanistan, and someday soon this global war on terrorism will end. But, as history has taught us, this will not be the last time the noble American Soldier will fight and die for this country."

Patterson was also the grand marshal for the annual Veterans Day Parade on Broad Street in Augusta. He and Command Sgt. Maj. Ronald. S. Pflieger, U.S. Army Signal Center of Excellence and Fort Gordon regimental command sergeant major, greeted people along the sides of the streets and shook hands with other veterans.

"The uniform has changed many times in the past 237 years," he said. "What has not changed is the determination and strength of the men and women who serve this nation. Every one of our Soldiers, veterans, families, deserves to be applauded for strength, devotion, and service to this nation."

"A Soldier is a Soldier for life. It takes a profound strength to wear this nations uniform," he said. "One day they remove the uniform; no amount of time, nor strife, can sever the golden thread uniting these veterans, to everyone, or those who will wear it in the future."

The parade concluded with the start of the All Wars Monument ceremony. Later, the U.S. Army Signal Corps Band took part in a musical ceremony at Heroes' Overlook on 10th Street at the Riverwalk in downtown.

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