Sergeant Nicola Balletto (left) as part of an honor guard detail rendering Military Funeral Honors for a veteran. Our veterans have the advantage of hindsight when it comes to looking back on their time in the military and what it meant. But what does serving mean to someone currently in the armed forces?
Business Community Grand Marshal Craig Opel Lieutenant Colonel Craig Opel (USMC ret.), served 24 years in the United States Marine Corps, from 1976 to 2000. He entered the Naval Academy in 1972 as a midshipman and was commissioned a 2/LT USMC in June 1976. During his career he served in all three Marine Expeditionary
Vietnam War Grand Marshal Carlyle Brown Recalling the actions that earned him the Bronze Star in Vietnam, Carlyle Brown speaks in words that are moving and evocative of the experience of so many veterans that served in that war: “I don’t feel I did anything special. I just did what I was supposed