Highlands Ranch celebrates veterans

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Citizens and veterans of Highlands Ranch gathered in the local library Nov. 11 to celebrate those who have served in the U.S. military.

As guests entered and sampled refreshments on Veterans Day, the Highlands Ranch Concert Band welcomed them with patriotic tunes, and a local Boy Scout troop handed out American flags, thanking those in uniform for their service to the country.

Sgt. 1st Class Harold Waterman, originally from Mississippi, was the guest speaker at the event and spoke about his experiences in combat. Waterman was deployed to Iraq soon after his first child was born in March 2004.

“I was gone for her whole entire first year,” he told the crowd.

As Waterman explained there were things he saw and did there that U.S. civilians would never understand, veterans throughout the room nodded their heads in understanding.

“Regardless of when you went, it's still the same thing. It's still the same boots in same sand, mud or jungle,” he said. “We were all there, we all fought, we all have a brotherhood that can never be taken away.”

At the end of his speech, Waterman received a standing ovation.

Outside the library sat the Highlands Ranch Veterans Monument, which has been there since 2006 and has 576 tiles, each for individual veterans.

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