“Mother Nature can rain on our parade, but she can not dampen our spirit!” said Freeport Veteran’s Memorial Chairperson Tim Ard in his opening statement on Monday, November 12, 2018, as the city of Freeport recognized Veteran’s Day. Ard was joined by several city of Freeport and Walton County officials and approximately 350 people from the general public.
Strong morning storms and the continued threat of rain were unable to hamper the gathering’s patriotic fervor as many songs were sung and veterans were recognized.
This year’s keynote speaker, U.S. Army SFC Kyle Stipp, who himself is a combat veteran and a very capable orator spoke about his experiences and hoped everyone in attendance would help veterans throughout the year.
“Thanks for letting me speak here today, it is an honor,” said Stipp. “This is my first time doing something like this. Thank you to all the veterans that have served and thanks to everyone that is here today. Some people have wanted to call me a hero but I was just doing my job. God bless America.”
The event concluded with the unveiling of a bronze statue which completes the Walk of War section of the Freeport Veterans Memorial.