COLUMBIA, S.C. -- In special recognition of Veterans, as well as the men and women who currently serve in our nation's armed forces, The Capital City Club of Columbia hosted its seventh annual Veterans Day Dinner Celebration on November 11, 2014.
Members of the 81st Regional Support Command helped make the event a success. Maj. Gen. Janet Cobb, who recently took command of the 81st RSC was the guest speaker, Ambassador Coordinator (Ret) Sgt. Maj. Marty Wells made a special presentation dedicated to American Patriotism and the 208th Army Band performed.
"November 11th always takes me back to the great war," said Cobb, "I dwell on the great war this evening because of its vast historical impact on the world, even as its memory and meaning slip from the public consciousness."
Cobb's remarks illustrated a thread from the Veterans in the room through the 81st history to those who are currently serving.
"Today we remember those who have served and are still serving," said Cobb. "We remember those brave men and women who served in places such as Gettysburg, Secessionville and Simmon's Bluff in South Carolina, Cambrai, Somalia, Iraq and Afghanistan."
The event itself was rich in traditions associated with a military dining out. The program began with a mess call, bagpipe march and color guard. The presentation by Mr. Wells induced pride in the American Flag and freedom.
"This Veterans Day event was an opportunity for Midlands leaders, military and civilian, to come together and recognize and remember the faithful service of so many Veterans dedicated to selfless service to our Nation," said Wells, who was accompanied during his presentation by his daughter Rosalie.
To honor Soldiers who have sacrificed their lives for our country, the ceremony ended with singing God Bless America and the sound of Taps.
Maj. Gen. Cobb's remarks ended with her showing gratitude for those who served before her.
"To the Veterans here tonight, I'm closer to your generation than the generation I serve with today," said Cobb. "I did not know you, and yet you were my unmet role models; my unknown mentors. Because of the common threads that bind out generations of service, you are my brothers and sisters. I salute you."