“Our families need them here on these shores,” Moore said.
Bob Smith, from Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2016 in Amesbury, read the names of area veterans who had passed away since last Veterans Day. This was followed by the placing of three wreaths at the foot of the Doughboy statue.
Kezer, who is a lieutenant in the Air Force National Guard, spoke of how the National Guard continues to play an important role in defending the country abroad and keeping it secure within its borders. He said there have been more than 12,000 National Guard deployments over the last few years in Massachusetts with only 8,300 members, meaning that many who have served have been deployed more than once. About 500 of them are currently on active duty, but that number is expected to decrease soon with the expected return of the 182nd engineering company in Newburyport.
“I think they have tickets in hand and are coming home,” Kezer said.