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Veterans Day rings true at Fort Benning

By Andrew Wittenberg  - bio | email | Twitter

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Wednesday marked the day when American military veterans are honored for their sacrifices.

It all began during the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. That was the day in 1918 when World War One ended.In the room today, we have veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, all the way up to the guys and girls who served in Iraq and Afghanistan," General Ferriter said. To be in the room that has the regimental colors of our Army and the patches of all our units, it just struck me that it was all woven together in a remarkable experience," General Ferriter said.

"General Ferriter really hit it well, when he pointed to George Washington and he pointed to the Bennington Flag and all the flags representing the states and then the prayer and you bring it all together, it represents the whole of America, and everything the veteran represents," Poydasheff said.

Ninety-one years later, dozens filled Fort Benning's conference center in an emotional ceremony honoring all Veterans, one of many around the world.

Today's ceremony at Fort Benning was led by Major General Michael Ferriter. "Originally scheduled to be outside, but brought indoors due to inclement changed the ceremony itself."

Ferriter, commanding general on Fort Benning, tossed aside his planned speech.  

Instead, General Ferriter opted for a history lesson, drawing attention to all Veterans from all corners of this great nation past and present.

It clearly struck a cord with members of the audience and dignitaries in attendance, like former Columbus Mayor and retired Colonel Robert Poydasheff.

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