Honoring a local veteran

November 11, 2022


"Keynote Speech on Veterans Day" by MDGovpics is licensed under CC BY 2.0.

This is the Keynote Speech on Veterans Day 2022 in Washington, DC.

This Friday, November 11, isn’t just the start to a weekend for Emerson resident, Elie Terzian. It’s Veteran’s Day. Terzian, is a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. Terzian was deployed to the Philippines and Japan. His last active duty was in Camp Lejeune. Terzian said he’s very proud of the fact that he had served.

“Being a veteran is an honor for me. People who come up to me and see me wearing a veterans hat and say thank you for your service makes me feel good,” explained Terzian.

Terzian said he loved his job as a Marine and he made new friends. Terzian was in the Gulf War and served from 1991-1993. He wasn’t involved in military action, but said he learned a lot of things while being a Marine. After Terzian was done serving the country, he became an electrician. 

“I realize I’ve done something to help the people of the world,” Terzian stated. 

According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the holiday is “A celebration to honor America’s veterans for their patriotism, love of country, and willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good.”

Connor Terzian, Elie’s son, thinks having a dad who served in the Marines is cool because not many kids can say that someone in their family served in a branch of the military. Connor has a camoflague jacket from his dad who wore it during service.

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