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Mayor speaks at UHS Veterans Day ceremony

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Navy Veteran John Stites, pictured above, was one of the many veterans of the U.S. Armed forces welcomed into University High School in observance of Veterans Day Friday afternoon.

Air Force veteran and Roswell mayor Dennis Kintigh spoke to his fellow veterans and students, saying, “Those who have served have done more than talked — they’ve demonstrated.” The mayor later went on to challenge local veterans to mentor those younger within the Roswell community.

Roswell Correctional Center officer Rylin Franco, a veteran of the Marines, also spoke to students and brothers who had served within the military. While Franco noted the hardships he endured in the military, he said the experience was eye-opening. As a means to not forget those who have given their lives, Franco mentioned the companions he made along the way, including 23-year-old William “Mike” Brown, of Memphis, who was killed Oct. 21 in Honolulu while protecting a friend.

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