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    First Team Honors Veterans at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

    First Team Honors Veterans at Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery

    Photo By Pfc. Jacob Nunnenkamp | 2nd Lt. Alaniz, the 1st Cavalry Division Band’s conductor, conducts for the band at...... read more read more



    Story by Pfc. Jacob Nunnenkamp 

    Headquarters, 1st Cavalry Division Public Affairs

    DALLAS - Brig. Gen. Steven Carpenter, 1st Cavalry Division deputy commanding general for maneuver, along with the 1st Cavalry Division Band met with Veterans and community members at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery during a Veterans Day ceremony.

    "As a nation, we must ensure the service and sacrifice of our Veterans is never overlooked or forgotten and we must understand that we stand on the shoulders of giants," said Carpenter.

    At the National Cemetery, where hundreds of fallen service members are buried, dozens of community members met to honor America's Veterans on Veterans Day. Despite the oncoming rain, the ceremony went on as planned.

    "This ceremony is always great, so I come every year regardless of the weather," said Larry Weseman, Dallas community member. "I've always been grateful for the service and sacrifice our service members make."

    As the ceremony started, guests from various branches of service spoke to the crowd to acknowledge the importance of Veterans Day.

    "This day belongs to generations of patriots that dedicated themselves to the defense of our country to make us stronger and more resilient as a nation," said Carpenter.

    Carpenter acknowledged the Vietnam Veterans in attendance and recognized that Americans of today are only able to celebrate Veterans Day because of the actions of service members like them.

    "This year we say a special thanks to those who served during the war in Vietnam," said Carpenter. "As we commemorate the 50th anniversary of this war, we are called to remember those who served and sacrificed for our country."

    As the remarks ended, officials marched toward the stage to display a wreath of their respective branch of service. The First Team's band sounded off with the Armed Forces Medley, a collection of the official songs of the six services of the U.S. Armed Forces, while service members stood during their respective song.

    "It's such an honor to be here representing the legacy of those who came before us," said Hezekiah Rodgers, a saxophone player with the 1st Cavalry Division Band.

    The ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and a rendition of Taps by the 1st Cavalry Division Band. The 1st Cavalry Division Band regularly preforms for the military and local communities.

    “Wearing this uniform comes with a legacy that we have to uphold, performing for these Veterans and their families reminds me of that history,” continued Rodgers.

    The First Team remembers those who fought valiantly before the service members of today and is dedicated to honoring their legacy.



    Date Taken: 11.11.2022
    Date Posted: 11.18.2022 17:22
    Story ID: 433257
    Location: DALLAS, TX, US 

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