LCSO Sheriff honors force veterans
"Thank you. They are two words that we use often," said Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay. "Two words that we don't use enough. Two words that we often just take for granted. Two words that should mean everything.
"Never should those words mean more than on Sunday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day," DeLay continued. "We live in the greatest county in the world because of our Veterans."
DeLay said military personnel have been protecting the nation's freedom and liberty since its earliest beginnings.
"They have given of themselves to make sure we have those freedoms and liberties, and sometimes they have given the ultimate sacrifice for us," he said. "They are more than just soldiers. They are fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Because of veterans, we can pray when and where we want to," DeLay said. "We can express our opinions, we can vote. We can do so many things here that others can't even imagine. Despite what people say, the United States of America is still that shinning light for the world because of our veterans."
The Lawrence County Sheriff's Office has had many veterans on its employee rosters over the years. DeLay recognized those who are currently serving the county and its citizens through the sheriff's office. They include Lt. John Goulbourne, Sgt. Chris Berry, Sgt. Jon Ford, and deputies John Furgason, Melissa Stanford, Stephen Vollmer and Gary Doucey.
"Not just Sunday, not just this weekend but anytime you have the opportunity, stop and think when you see a veteran and remember to say 'thank you," DeLay said. "God bless our veterans and God bless America."