On Nov. 9, 2019, Dean Sherman and I attended the VFW and American Legion Program. As usual, the program was well attended with representation from all age groups. The breakfast was tasty. And the strength of character and service readily apparent at the VFW.
The Speaker, Major Derek J. Plymate, Ret. reviewed his extensive military history and some of the “why” for his service. He served in many dangerous combat zones with temperatures ranging up to 140 F. On his “safe” days he supervised and moved explosives and munitions of all types. His presentation contained important reminders about service, sacrifice, loss as well as humor.
The many Scouts in attendance listened carefully to Major Plymate’s reflections on service and his profound respect for other Veterans. His simple reminder was to always express appreciation to Veterans when possible with “Thanks for your Service ” as this is appreciated. Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon clearly agrees with his reminder and observation.
Kudos to Jim Heimerl, VFW Commander and his crew in making this program a success.
Gary Goldetsky, Psy.D, LP, President, Plymouth Beyond the Yellow Ribbon