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COBB COUNTY REPUBLICAN WOMEN'S CLUB

Georgia

An audience of more than 300 people attended the Cobb County Republican Women's Club's 10th annual Veterans Celebration Brunch honoring veterans of WWII, Korea, Iraq, Afghanistan and other conflicts, with special recognition and a "Welcome Home" to Vietnam veterans.

Event organizer Donna Rowe, who served as an Army nurse captain in Saigon, noted that returning Vietnam veterans were denied homecoming celebrations. "This is it guys, this is your coming home," she said, and then led the audience in shouting "Welcome Home" in unison in an emotion-packed ceremony backed by rock music from that era. Above, Rowe is pictured addressing the group.

Keynote speaker was Maj. Daniel Gade, who was twice wounded in Iraq and lost a leg when his Humvee was destroyed by a roadside bomb. Gade, who is now an instructor at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, told the audience that the title "hero" is often overused. "Hero is an outcome," he said. "Hero is not a person. When we talk about heroes, typically we are talking about people of great character who have met with difficult circumstances and thrived through those circumstances."

Marine Cpl. Todd Love of Acworth, Ga., who in 2010 lost both legs and an arm in Afghanistan, was the special guest. He received a donation toward a SMART House being built for him by the Tunnels to Towers and the Gary Sinise Foundations.

Committee members included Millie Rogers, NFRW Program chair; Rose Wing, Georgia FRW president; and Barbara Hickey, Georgia FRW 3rd vice president and NFRW Caring for America vice chair.

-- Felicity Diamond, President


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