November 11th is a day reserved to honor our nation’s veterans, and residents of Floyd County did just that on Monday.

Cave Spring’s Veterans Day ceremony took place at the veterans monument located on the square.  Eric Haney, a retired Command Sergeant Major with the US Army and a former member of the Delta Force counterterrorist unit, served as the main speaker.

Haney stated that the best way that communities may honor its veterans is to ‘hate the war, love the warrior’.

Several other veterans and supporters of veterans stepped forward to tell their stories during the ceremony, which also featured a wreath laying in honor of all those who have served.

Elsewhere in Floyd County, the annual Veterans Day Service was held at the Myrtle Hill Cemetery in Rome.  The guest speaker for that event was David Thornton, Chaplain of the Floyd County Sheriff’s Office.

John Fortune, a veteran of the US Army and active member of the Exchange Club of Rome’s Americanism Committee, says that if you want to support our nation’s veterans, put your money where your mouth is by making a financial contribution to a reputable organization geared towards veterans.  Americans should also extend a heart of compassion to homeless veterans.

A number of schools in Rome and Floyd County also held special events on Veterans Day to honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces.