Commerce – The Navy Junior ROTC from Greenville High School and the Texas A&M University-Commerce Marching Band provided the presentation of colors during Monday's Veterans Vigil opening ceremonies.
Sergeant Aubrey England of the U.S. Marine Corps sang the National Anthem, and A&M-Commerce President Dan Jones and Commerce Mayor Quay Throgmorton gave the welcome and proclamation, respectively.
Monday's keynote speaker was Dr. James Nicholson, who served in George Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, as a Marine infantryman during the Korean War. Now a resident of Greenville, Dr. Nicholson is a member of Primary Care Associates.
Dr. Nicholson thanked the veterans for their service, and also challenged them in their quest to win the war on terror.
"You must change your approach to victory," said Nicholson. "Not with violence, not with politicians. You must change our approach to win this fight with involvement. Teaching; teach your children, teach your grandchildren, teach them to love American. Love America as we did.
Hear Dr. Nicholson's complete speech above.
Dr. Nicholson, along with Aubrey England would later light the Vigil Flame, which will burn continuously throughout the three day event and be guarded until extinguished on Wednesday.
A complete rundown of events through Wednesday are available at www.military.tamu-commerce.edu.