Veterans saluted in Scranton

LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - Freezing temperatures did not top a salute to veterans on Courthouse Square in Downtown Scranton on Saturday.

Dozens of people bundled up to attend the annual Koch-Conley American Legion Post 121 Veterans Day program.

The ceremony began with members of the University of Scranton ROTC program presenting colors, while the West Scranton High School Band performed patriotic music. 

Veterans laid wreaths in honor of the fallen to the sound of taps being played on a trumpet.

Congressional leaders put aside their political differences to find common ground for love of country and the troops.

Republican Lou Barletta said, "This is not about party (politics) at all this is about love and respect for our country that we have been born into."

Democrat Matt Cartwright said, "Democrats come out and Republicans come out, they come out together and we shake hands with one another and we remember the sacrifices that were made by our armed service men and women." 

This veterans day program is held at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month to commemorate the date and time of the signing of the "armistice" ending World War I.


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