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American Legion post leader praises Veterans

American Legion post leader holds especially high esteem for some vets
Posted at 7:09 AM, Nov 10, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-10 05:11:51-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The leader of an American Legion post took time out from preparing for his group to host a free Veterans Day breakfast to give a shout out for everyone who has served in the country's military. 

But Val Frailey, post commander of Sauls-Bridges American Legion Post 13, has a special place in his heart for certain veterans, those who chose to take up arms for their country without being drafted.

"But this is a select one percent because they chose to go," he said. "And certainly we should remember them even more than those who were drafted to go.

"However, the ones drafted to go, they went, and when they went, they served, and you and I are not speaking Japanese or German today because they went, and for that I am extremely happy."

The post Frailey leads and Leon County are inviting the community to honor veterans at an Operation Thank You Veterans Day Beakfast from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Saturday. The event will be at the American Legion post, located at 229 Lake Ella Drive.

For more information about the breakfast, which is free and open to the public, phone (850) 606-1900 or visit LeonCountyFL.gov/OperationThankYou.

Veterans Day, which honors everyone who has served in the military, began as Armistice Day and noted the end of World War I, Nov. 11, 1918.

The day is not to be confused with Memorial Day, a federal holiday that honors those who died while serving in America's military and is observed on the last Monday of May.

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