During his Veterans Day address at the Tracy War Memorial in the Tracy Civic Center, Marine Col. Keith D. Reventlow also complimented Tracy on its support of those who had served their country — past and present.
“As I began to think about what to say, I started to notice more and more how patriotic Tracy really is, from the banners that line Central Avenue to the young man who chased me down to thank me for my service as I left my kids’ school Friday,” he said, adding, “For a town that is without a large active-duty military presence, your dedication and commitment to the military is clearly evident.”
Reventlow, who grew up in Connecticut, told of his military heritage as a third-generation member of the Armed Forces. He became a Marine officer through the Marine Platoon Leaders Course after graduating from college.
While reporting there are an estimated 22 million veterans in the U.S. today, he noted that there is a rapidly dwindling number of veterans of World War II and Korea.
Reventlow pointed out there are nearly two million men and women, both active and reserve, serving in the military today.
“Since 2001, about 2 ½ million have served in Iraq and Afghanistan,” he said. “Of that 2 ½ million, one third of them deployed more than once.”
Also speaking at the Veterans Day program were state Assembly Member Susan Eggman of Stockton and San Joaquin County Supervisor Bob Elliott of Tracy. Both told of efforts on the state and county levels to provide improved services to returning veterans of the Armed Forces.
Mayor Pro Tem Mike Maciel read a proclamation from the Tracy City Council, observing that the good turnout for the Veterans Day salute is part of the tradition in Tracy.
The Monday morning program was sponsored by the Tracy War Memorial Association. John Treantos, association president, served as master of ceremonies.
After veterans of five wars placed a wreath in front of the Tracy War Memorial, a veterans’ honor guard fired three volleys from their M-1 rifles, and trumpeter Greg Wright sounded taps to conclude the service.
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