By Mrs Cynthia RiversWomack (USAREC)November 8, 2011
On Sunday, November 6, the City of Gainesville, FL, hosted its annual All American Liberty Festival at Santa Fe College. The fesitval honors veterans of the nation's military conflicts, as well as members of the armed services engaged in current conflicts and missions around the globe. The festival's guest speaker, Lt. Gen. Jack C. Stultz, commander, U.S. Army Reserve, spoke to veterans and their families in the audience acknowledging the sacrifices they made for this country. His words were poignant as the nation prepares to celebrate Veteran's Day on Nov. 11, marking the end of World War I in 1918. After his speech, Lt. Gen. Stultz was joined by Craig Lowe, the mayor of Gainesville, Lee Pinkoson, Alachua County commissioner and Florida's USAR Ambassadors, CSM(R) Leon Caffie, and Maj. Gen.(R) David Kratzer, who is also associate vice president for student affairs at the University of Florida, Gainesville, in signing the U.S. Army Community Covenant. The Community Covenant is a formal commitment of support and partnership by state and local communities to improve the quality of life for Soldiers and their families--at their current duty stations and as they transfer to other states. The Community Covenant supports all components of the Army and extends to other military services.