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Veterans Day Event Draws 4,000

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Gen. Gregory Martin, commander of Air Force Materiel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, gave the opening comments at the ceremony. “I can’t tell you how grateful I am for the support you give to our Armed Forces,” he noted to those in attendance. Photo credit: Scott L. Huck/Cedarville University

by Public Relations Office

November 12, 2004

Cedarville, Ohio—Yesterday 4,000 people honored America`s veterans in a Cedarville University ceremony rich with music, drama, and recognition. Many veterans were in attendance, including more than 50 World War II (WWII) veterans. Gen. Gregory Martin, commander of Air Force Materiel at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, gave the opening comments. "I can`t tell you how grateful I am for the support you give to our Armed Forces," he noted to those in attendance. The ceremony offered a special salute to WWII vets, including a dramatized story of the lives of Lloyd and Martha Benham of Springfield. With the Benhams looking on, University students told of the Benhams` WWII years, from their wartime courtship to Lloyd`s service in the Marines and his part in the Peleliu Island invasion of the Pacific campaign. The Benhams received a standing ovation. In an Armed Forces Salute, past and present members of the military crowded upon the stage amidst rousing music and steady applause. Patriotic music for the event was provided by the University Symphonic Band and soloist Beth Cram Porter, assistant professor of vocal music. Complimentary luncheons were held for all veterans following the ceremony. -30-