The American Legion’s 5th Annual Loudoun Salute to Military, Veterans and Families was held earlier today at Stone Bridge High School in Ashburn. With a variety of people in attendance including dozens of young children, this is a gathering that serves to mainly honor veterans, active duty service members, and their families.
During the program portion of the event, Supervisor Tony Buffington (R-Blue Ridge) and Supervisor Kristin Umstattd (D-Leesburg) presented a resolution passed by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors that designated October 27, 2018 as Military Appreciation Day in Loudoun. Chair Phyllis Randall then gave the keynote speech, which focused on how she grew up in a military family.
It was interesting to listen to Chair Randall’s speech because it gave a different perspective than the political speeches I’ve heard her give over the years. She told a few funny stories like how her father would say he should be able to bounce a nickel off her bed because the sheets were supposed to be so tight and how her brother would always ignore the arrows on the floor of the commissary and go against the flow of foot traffic, but she also highlighted how much she respected the military as well.
One of her big points was that less than one percent of Americans serve in the military. And of those who do serve, only 20 percent actually end up seeing combat. But all of those who put on the uniform are willing to sacrifice an enormous amount to serve our country.
For those who are interested, here’s video of her speech.