With a heavy heart, he said, U.S. Marine Corps veteran Richard Gore Sr. spoke to about 200 people gathered at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center to honor those who’ve served in the armed forces.
On Tuesday morning, Veterans Day, Gore learned that his son – a 10-year U.S. Navy veteran – had died.
“It’s a day I won’t soon forget,” he said, adding that those who’ve served the country in times of war and in times of peace also should not be forgotten.
“We who have served faithfully have done so without question and often with a heavy price to pay,” he said.
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Gore served as the keynote speaker during Myrtle Beach’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, which also featured an unplanned appearance from Texas Gov. Rick Perry as he stopped by to make short remarks before attending a luncheon sponsored by the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce. Perry served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.
“Interesting, those headstones at the Normandy cemetery all face west looking back to America,” Perry said of a trip he took with his father to the Normandy American Cemetery in France. “Looking back to an America that they loved, they defended, but they would never go home to again. Those headstones stand there in silent judgment of us today. Judgment on whether or not we’re living up to the sacrifices that they made.”
The event, presented by the Grand Strand Patriotic Alliance, was one of several Veterans Day held along the Grand Strand Tuesday, including in Surfside Beach and Conway.