DUGWAY PROVING GROUND, Utah -- Three Soldiers from Dugway Proving Ground visited Cottage Glen Assisted Living residents in Tooele Nov. 11 to honor the facility's veterans and observe Veterans Day.
Master Sgt. Russell Kruse, Sgt. Luis Guerrero and Sgt. Quoc Pham, all of the Dugway Health Clinic, provided a short presentation and took time to speak with the residents. Of the residents who attended, six were veterans representing the Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force.
Kruse offered a prayer, and said he admired the veterans' duty and experience and was honored to be there. He also recounted the history of Veterans Day, a holiday urged by the Veterans of Foreign Wars and the American Legion well before its 1938 renaming from Armistice Day.
Guerrero related the sacrifices of Master Sgt. Roy P. Benavidez, who was badly wounded in Vietnam, yet forced himself to walk again. Returning to Vietnam, he was badly wounded again yet helped evacuate the wounded and inspired other Soldiers to keep firing until the last helicopter left.
Pham said he was honored to be invited to speak with the veterans, and thanked them for continuing to hold the standards they acquired in the Army, Air Force, Marines and Navy.
The event ended with the 30-plus participants singing, "My Country `Tis of Thee," led by resident Neoma Nill's harmonica. Apple pie followed, as everyone mingled.