Fort Polk Guardian 11-10-2017

Vol. 44, No. 45 Published for the community of Fort Polk, La. Nov. 10, 2017 Guardian Fort Polk Inside the Guardian Water sampling ......... 3 Honoring heroes ......... 6 BJACH transitions ....... 7 Holiday hours ............. 8 Warrior care ............. 11 Hero tree ................. 12 Weekend weather Today Saturday Sunday 67 71 73 47 0% 0% 0% 55 52 Rain chance Rain chance Rain chance In Flanders Fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place: and in the sky The larks still bravely singing fly Scarce heard amid the guns below…. Lt. Col. John McCrae Flanders Field, 1915 FORT POLK, La. — A Veterans Day ceremony honoring those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces was held Nov. 9 on Fort Polk’s Warrior Field Col. Christopher S. Moretti Sr., Joint Readiness Training Center and Fort Polk chief of staff, was the keynote speaker for the event. He contrasted Veterans Day with Memorial Day, held in May each year. “On Memorial Day we pause to remember our fallen heroes, but today, Veterans Day, is a time to honor our living service members who have giv- en so much for us — and for our country,” Moretti said. After giving a brief history of the origins of Veterans Day, Moretti repeated a quote from President John F. Kennedy: “A nation reveals it- self not only by the men it produces, but also by the men it honors, the men it remembers.” Moretti then read the excerpt from “Flanders Field,” printed at the beginning of this piece. “I think about how those moving words be- came one of the most enduring and famous war memorial poems, and how its words inspired the veteran’s memorial poppy program,” Moretti said. “On Veterans Day the wearing of a poppy honors our living and disabled veterans. On Me- morial Day they are worn in remembrance. I in- vite everyone here today to take a poppy after the ceremony and wear it today to honor our vet- erans — not only those who are here, but also those who cannot be here due to infirmity or ill health.” Moretti said that on Veterans Day, America recognizes the service and the sacrifice of the na- tion's veterans. “We remember those brave men and women who have served in places such as Gettysburg, Shiloh, Appomattox, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, the Argonne Forest, Anzio, Rome, the beaches of Normandy, the deserts of Africa, the cane fields of the Philippines, the rice paddies and jungles of Guam, Okinawa, Japan, Korea and Vietnam, and in places like Panama, Soma- lia, Haiti, Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. He said those who served in those places are like the two men placing the Veterans Day wreath later in the ceremony — both in their 90s, and both members of what is considered the United States’ greatest generation: Retired Maj. Gen. Erbon Wise and Navy veteran Jack Jones, who both served in World War II. He pointed out that Wise witnessed the libera- tion of Paris, saw duty in Normandy mere days after D-Day, and, on one memorable occasion, drove Winston Churchill to an air strip near the front lines. “The general’s service did not end when the war did — he also served as Louisiana’s adjutant Brito: ‘Veterans Day symbolizes fiber that makes us great’ By CHUCK CANNON Guardian editor (Ret.) Maj. Gen. Ebron Wise and Navy veteran Jack Jones, flanked by escorts, render salutes after placing a wreath on Fort Polk's Warrior Field in honor of Veter- ans Day during a ceremony Nov. 9. CHUCK CANNON / GUARDIAN Please see Veterans , page 5