A captain from a Joint Base Lewis-McChord Stryker brigade who was in Afghanistan this time last year paid homage to veterans of all wars at a Veterans Day celebration Monday in Puyallup.
“A nation who forgets its defenders will soon be forgotten,” said Capt. Daniel Clark, of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division.
Clark was a featured speaker in Pioneer Park, where a few hundred people came together to honor veterans in the city’s usual tradition: an invocation, a jazz band and gratitude.
“We need to spend time praying for those who serve,” said Puyallup Mayor Rick Hansen.
Clark looked to the past, to the millions of servicemen who came before, many of whom he said willingly gave everything to defend America’s ideals and freedoms, even during times when America did not honor them.
“It is because of their experiences that my generation of soldiers has never known a nation that didn’t appreciate their sacrifice,” Clark firstname.lastname@example.org