Michael A. Sawyers
ROCKY GAP — Under a bluebird sky and just hours ahead of predicted snowfall, the sacrifices and accomplishments of United States military veterans were celebrated Monday at the Rocky Gap Veterans Cemetery.
“American veterans have never failed us and they never will,” said keynote speaker the Rev. Dan Taylor. Best known locally as the director of the Western Maryland Union Rescue Mission, Taylor is a decorated veteran, having received the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Award and other honors.
“Veterans have freed the enslaved and resisted dictators so mothers and children can sleep safely at night,” Taylor said.
Taylor repeated the words of President John F. Kennedy from the 1961 inaugural address: “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge — and more.”
Taylor thanked the few World War II veterans in attendance, agreeing with author Tom Brokaw that they are indeed the greatest generation. He told a uniformed veteran of the Korean War that he had visited Korea and found it to be the