Today dozens of veterans gathered in Gautier for Veterans Day. The American Legion honored all branches of military who have served our country and thanked those who continue to help the community.
Respect, honor, and freedom were the words spoken throughout the American Legion in Gautier, honoring all military veterans on the 11th day of the 11th month at 11 a.m. Commander Greg Bierman said, “The American Legion has scholarships, we have a legacy scholarship fund, we give out scholarships here. We try to give back to the community as much as we can. We are a non-profit.”
Giving back to the community is one of many ways Post 92 helps those around them. Sharing war stories and having someone who understands what it is like to serve the country is peace of mind to many who join the American Legion.
Scott Mitchell is proud to be a part of the growing organization that supports the community. “My entire 20 years in the United States Navy I did here in this area, so between ships in the shipyard and ships at the naval station I’ve opened and closed the naval station and I retired out at soup ship on the ship yard, so I’ve been here well over 30 years in the veterans community around here and for us to be a growing post and be able to support the community is very important to me.”
On Veterans Day, it’s especially important to honor those who have served our country. Today at the American Legion, attendees got to feel the emotion of hearing the words ‘thank you for your service.’ “We’ve been hailed a lot better by the community and people are getting more active and involved with the veterans and those kinds of things, so when somebody comes up to me and actually says “Thank you for your service” it hits me in my heart.”