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Updated: 11/12/2017 08:30:02AM

Veterans Day: A time to honor, reflect

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SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

James Cornelius comes every year to the Veterans Day Ceremony in Punta Gorda to honor his fallen comrade, Private Joe Younce, who died next to him in Vietnam. Cornelius, of Port Charlotte, is a 100 percent disabled veteran who also suffers from PTSD.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

James Cornelius comes every year to the Veterans Day Ceremony in Punta Gorda to honor his fallen comrade, Private Joe Younce, who died next to him in Vietnam. Cornelius, of Port Charlotte, is a 100 percent disabled veteran who also suffers from PTSD.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sonia Figueroa-Bagiardi, of Port Charlotte, sits silently for more than an hour to reflect on her father, Jose Figueroa, who was killed when she was just 4-years-old.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sonia Figueroa-Bagiardi, of Port Charlotte, sits silently for more than an hour to reflect on her father, Jose Figueroa, who was killed when she was just 4-years-old.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sean Hale, of Port Charlotte, points to the engraved name of his second cousin, SP4 John Thomas Harley, who was killed at age 21. Hale would go on to serve in Iraq.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sean Hale, of Port Charlotte, points to the engraved name of his second cousin, SP4 John Thomas Harley, who was killed at age 21. Hale would go on to serve in Iraq.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Albert Viti, of Venice, grew up with his friend Gregory Kent in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Both ended up in Vietnam, but only Viti returned.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Albert Viti, of Venice, grew up with his friend Gregory Kent in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Both ended up in Vietnam, but only Viti returned.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A large and appreciative crowd attended this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Laishley Park.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

James Cornelius comes every year to the Veterans Day Ceremony in Punta Gorda to honor his fallen comrade, Private Joe Younce, who died next to him in Vietnam. Cornelius, of Port Charlotte, is a 100-percent disabled veteran who also suffers from PTSD.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sonia Figueroa-Bagiardi, of Port Charlotte, sits silently for more than an hour to reflect on her father, Jose Figueroa, who was killed when she was just 4 years old.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

A large and appreciative crowd attended this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Laishley Park.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Bob Fowler, past commander of Royal Canadian Legion, Post 176, salutes the American flag during the national anthem at Saturday’s Veterans Day Ceremony in Laishley Park.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Sean Hale, of Port Charlotte, points to the engraved name of his second cousin, SP4 John Thomas Harley, who was killed at age 21. Hale would go on to serve in Iraq.

SUN PHOTO BY GARY ROBERTS

Albert Viti, of Venice, grew up with his friend Gregory Kent in Lawrence, Massachusetts. Both ended up in Vietnam, but only Viti returned.

By GARY ROBERTS

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PUNTA GORDA — Carlotta Hays and her brother were just kids in 1964, when her sibling went off to fight in Vietnam. George Kinnett was not an aggressive type of person, but he found his true calling in the Air Force and embraced it, serving multiple tours of duty.

“He didn’t particularly like confrontation, but he wanted to make America safe,” she said.

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