People gathered at the Sevier Valley Veterans Memorial Monday to pay tribute to those who have served in the military. 

“No one observes Veterans Day quite like Richfield,” said Lt. Col. Cody Workman, Commander of 2nd BN 222nd Field Artillery. “I know I live in an amazing place.” 

Workman said he was grateful for the opportunities growing up in Sevier County have afforded him through the years. 

Workman joined up with the 222nd while still in high school, and has continued with the unit until being named its commander in 2018. 

“It’s where I feel some of the most amazing soldiers in our military reside,” Workman said. 

Workman said the freedoms people often take for granted are gifts soldiers have given. As a member of the 222nd, Workman has spent two years in the Middle East. 

“While deployed I lost friends, lost time with family and lost part of my self,” Workman said. “There are a lot of things I experienced and things that I saw that I wish I could un-see. However, I would gladly go again because I believe in what we stand for; I believe in you, and the future that you deserve.”

In World War II, nearly 12 percent of the population of the United States enlisted in the military in one capacity or another, while today less than 0.45 percent will ever wear a uniform, Workman said. 

Veterans Day started out as Armistice Day, which was in recognition of the end of hostilities of World War I. It took effect Nov. 11, at 11 a.m., and is still a time to reflect on those who have served in the military, Workman said. Monday was the 101st anniversary of that cease-fire. 

“With freedom comes responsibility,” Mayor David Ogden said. He quoted John F. Kennedy, who talked about paying any price to ensure the cause of liberty. 

The Pahvant Elementary School fifth grade performed a selection of patriotic songs, and a flyover by nine airplanes with volunteer pilots was also part of Monday’s observance.

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