Kayla Yax ‘18 and Isabella Capanda ‘19: November 11th is a day where we as a nation take the time to recognize the men and women who have risked and sacrificed their lives for our great country. Most commonly referred to as Veteran’s Day, this holiday holds a special place in the hearts of the Romeo community.
On November 9, the Romeo Ford Engine Plant held their annual celebration in honor of Ford’s veteran employees as well as local veterans from the VFW. Ford invited Romeo news students Isabella Capanda, Josie Raciti, Kayla Yax, and Adviser Kim Ruhlman to cover the event. The celebration included speeches that thanked and honored veterans, memories shared over coffee and cake, and an atmosphere of gratitude for the red, white, and blue.
“I just want to thank you personally,” said Nick Broggi, Plant Manager at the Ford Motor Company Romeo Engine Plant. “This is just a small thing that we can do to say thank you for what [veterans] have done for us.”
The group of veterans that attended Ford’s celebration were extremely grateful for the respect and appreciation they received. The emotional gathering moved Air Force veteran Derek Miller to tears as he talked about his fellow VFW members.
“You meet people like this, and become a part of a very tight-knit community,” Miller said.
Derek Miller is just one of the many veterans in the Romeo community. In 1988 Miller joined the Air Force Serving as a police officer and retired in 2001. Throughout his 13 years in service Miller has been all over the world, serving during Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia, as well as places like Wyoming, England, Germany, Italy, California, Florida, and Texas. After the tragedy on 9/11, Miller was activated for a year and a half serving in Uzbekistan and Kansas.
“[Veterans day is] about supporting and remembering the veterans that served before me and for our country,” Miller said.
The sacrifices that the brave men and women of the United States make to protect our freedoms can never be fully expressed in words. For small communities like Romeo, Veterans Day is the chance to really show support and appreciation to our local veterans.
“So from the Leadership of Manufacturing at Ford Motor Company, a heartfelt thank you to all veterans, both in the plant and to our guest veterans from the local hall,” said Kevin Bicking, Director of North American Engine Operations for Ford Motor Company. “We appreciate your service to our country, and will always be grateful. Thank you.”