Around 200 people attended the community Veterans Day observance last Friday in the Averitt Center for the Arts' Emma Kelly Theater, hosted each year at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month by American Legion Dexter Allen Post 90.
Keynote speaker Don Poe asked not only military veterans but also their spouses, children and friends, indeed anyone proud of a veteran, to "lean in" and insist that elected officials make good on their promises to veterans.
"As individuals, as a collective group, as a family, we must hold the promises of the past election period and those that made the promises to task," Poe said. "Don't walk away. Don't allow them to forget. Square your shoulders, face your target, lean in."
Poe, a Statesboro resident since 1993, served in the Army from 1973 until 1976 as a military policeman. He now serves as an Honor Flight volunteer, paying his way to escort other, often older veterans on free trips to see the monuments in Washington, D.C.