General joins community in paying tribute to Veterans

Brig. General Stephen Sanders celebrated Veterans Day in Liberty Hill Saturday. (Photo Courtesy Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce)

Flanked by Liberty Hill’s Wall of Veterans, Brig. General Stephen Sanders joined the community Nov. 10 as it recognized U.S. military  service men and women during the annual Veterans Day tribute.

Sanders, deputy commanding general for the 36th Infantry Division of the Texas Army National Guard, reminded Liberty Hill that the United States remains at war.

“The majority of people don’t realize we are at war,” he said. “We need to ensure that our fellow citizens don’t lose sight of that. There is still conflict and there are still bad guys in the world.”

Sanders, who while deployed in Iraq was responsible for establishing the logistical withdrawal of US forces, said Americans can be proud of those serving in today’s military.

“When you have service members come home, welcome them back with open arms,” he said. “They are a treasure of the community.

“In the world, America leads through our service,” he continued. “This is not the last conflict we will have, and any realist will share that view.”

In addition to service in Iraq, Sanders was deployed to Bosnia-Herzegovina Stabilization Force and to Iraqi Freedom III in 2004.

Liberty Hill Boy Scouts, local musician Chris Miller and the Mayor of Liberty Hill participated in Saturday’s event hosted by VFW Post 8200, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Liberty Hill Chamber of Commerce.