Veterans and proud residents gathered at the Old Courthouse in Troy on Nov. 11 to honor those who served their country.

Members of several veterans’ organizations joined together to host the yearly Veterans’ Day remembrance. Pat McLaughlin of American Legion Post 94 said service to one’s country is the ultimate honor a person can have.

“(Veterans’ Day) is a tribute to all veterans, living and dead,” McLaughlin said. “It’s a time to honor those who have given their lives to protect our lives and freedoms.” 

Marty Alterson of Veterans of Foreign Wars addressed those in attendance – and echoed McLaughlin’s comments on Veterans’ Day and the importance of those who served. 

“The duty of our veterans, past and present, is the fiber of the word ‘freedom,” and is stronger by our recognition of service and sacrifice,” Alterson said. “We honor that service and sacrifice today, and should carry it forward for our children to honor.

“Freedom and democracy are the result of the most honorable this country has produced. Today we stand to remember the most honorable amongst us, and we must continue to carry the burden of their sacrifice, lest we lose sight of what true freedom is.”

A moment of silence broken only by the tolling of a bell to honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice to protect American interests domestically and internationally.

In addition to community residents at the ceremony,  local officials were on hand for the event. Moscow Mills Mayor Patrick Flannigan, an Air Force veteran, attended the ceremony, along with Lincoln County Sheriff-elect Rick Harrell, whose was attached to a United States Marine Corps unit as a civilian contractor in the Middle East, and has a son who served in the Marine Corps.

Troy Ward 2 Alderman David Norman, a United States Army veteran and avid runner who has become well-known in the area for running with the American flag in remembrance of those who gave their lives in service of the country, returned from such a run to attend the event.

McLaughlin said he is proud to live in an area that supports those served, and sees that support everywhere he goes.

“I can’t say enough about how the community has supported its veterans,” he said. “Lincoln County loves its veterans.”