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American Legion holds Veterans Day ceremony at the Wright Museum

Those who made the Veterans Day ceremony possible (l-r): American Legion Post 18 Chaplin Clint Brown, featured speaker retired Marine Lt. Colonel and Executive Councilor Joe Kenney, Post 18 Commander Harold Chamberlin and Wright Museum Executive Director Michael Culver. (Photo by Thomas Beeler) (click for larger version)
November 14, 2018
WOLFEBORO — At 11 a.m. this past Sunday, Nov. 11, American Legion Harriman Hall Post 18 Commander Harold Chamberlin opened the annual recognition of Veterans Day at the Wright Museum of World War II.

He cited an article in the November issue of American Legion magazine by Jay Winter, "The War That Didn't End," about World War I. That war is supposed to have ended 100 years ago on Sunday with an armistice.

Chamberlin quoted, "The war on the Western Front between Germany and the combined forces of Britain, France, the United States and others was over, but everywhere else, fighting continued in many different forms. International war bled into civil war, indistinguishable from revolutionary and counter-revolutionary conflicts. New nations fought against old nations and against other new nations. Poland fought Bolshevik Russia, and both fought Ukrainian nationalists. Baltic nationalists fought Bolsheviks and each other. Finns engaged in a nasty civil war, and armed groups roamed throughout eastern and southern Europe with impunity."

The message was that war is always a possibility and we rely on those willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from war's destruction.

Post 18 Chaplin Clint Brown read an invocation to begin the ceremony.

Chamberlin asked the many uniformed veterans present in the great hall of the museum to stand and be recognized with applause.

Kenney speaks

The main speaker at the event was retired Marine Lt. Colonel and Executive Councilor Joe Kenney. Kenney retired after 37 years of service and a Bronze Star in 2017.

"It is an honor to speak among veterans in a museum built by an ex-Marine," he began, referring to David Wright and the unique Wright Museum he put together.

His grandfather, Richard Dale, joined the U.S. Army at the age of 17 and served in the Allied Expeditionary Force Second Army Company B Engineers at the WWI battles of Belleau Wood and the Argonne Forest. When he came back from the war, he met his wife and Kenney's grandmother at a Fort Devens social.

"Every citizen has a role in protecting freedom," Kenney said. "Maintaining the strength of American ideals needs maintenance. He said he was proud to wear the Marine uniform and to serve his country for 37 years. "We need to pass along that legacy…to instill the spirit of American veterans in them young."

Kenney noted that the public has been very supportive of the armed forces. Speaking for his fellow Americans, he thanked those on active duty for their sacrifices and remind those present the warning of President Ronald Reagan that America is always one generation away from losing its freedoms.

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