Veterans celebrated at Fort Mill program

jmarks@fortmilltimes.comNovember 11, 2013 

— Residents gathered Monday for a Veterans Day event at Veteran’s Park in Fort Mill.

The Honor Guard from American Legion Post 43 in Fort Mill posted colors and provided a 21-gun salute. The featured speaker was David Helms, an Army National Guard specialist and teacher at Banks Trail Middle School whose father, Nat, was key in bringing the park to Fort Mill prior to his death last year.

Helms said he hadn’t served on battlegrounds, but that he is serving by teaching students the history and values of military action. Future generations can’t be expected to appreciate veterans, he said, unless someone teaches them why they should.

“My fight takes place in the classroom, and my weapons are paper, books and knowledge,” Helms said.

The speaker was named for two veterans, his father and another who lost his life in battle. Helms said he and his father bonded over service, and that the Fort Mill park holds a special place in the community.

“If I ever need to feel close to my dad, I come here,” Helms said. “He was proud of this park, and the patriotism of this community.”

To see a photo gallery from today's event, click here.

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