Veterans groups hold ceremony

Virginia Gazette

More than 100 people came out for a Veterans Day ceremony Wednesday morning in New Town held by the area's combined veterans organizations.

The ceremony, which took place in the shadow of the Veterans Tribute Tower under an American flag that has flown both at the site of 9/11 and in Iraq, was sponsored by American Legion Post 39, American Legion Post 1776, Disabled American Veterans Chapter 34, Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 1754, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4639 and auxiliary, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8046 and auxiliary and Vietnam Veterans Chapter 957.

Former James City County Administrator Sandy Wanner, a retired Lt. Colonel in the Marine Corps, was the master of ceremonies.

The keynote address was given by former James City Supervisor Jim Icenhour, who retired as a major from the  United States Air Force after flying combat mission in Vietnam.

"There has always been a special relationship between the military and the American public," Icenhour said.

He said that's because the United States has always had "citizen/soldiers" who answered the call when they were needed.

He said that relationship frayed for Vietnam vets because the public took out it's anger at the war on the people who fought it rather than the people who led it.

"Many of us felt betrayed," he said.

He said the relationship between the troops and the public has been largely repaired during Dessert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.

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