Rosser was in the Army from 1946 until 1968. He says he wanted to serve in Vietnam, “but they wouldn’t send me.” As if his service to the nation wasn’t enough, Rosser, the oldest son of 17 children, went on to become chief of police in Haverhill, Fla., and a school teacher.
The latter role prompted him to stress the importance of education. Looking at the nearly 500 Snowhill students, Rosser encouraged them to “get a good education,”adding, “if not, you’re not going to cut it.”
He also told them that “we seniors, we veterans, we’re going to give you the greatest gift we could ever give you — The United States of America. We want you to defend it, make it better and turn it over to your children and grandchildren as a free country. You will be the future leaders.”
There were other messages of note. Springfield Mayor Warren Copeland cautioned the children about misunderstanding video games based on war. “Please understand,” he stressed, “the reality of war is very, very hard.”
The ceremony also included a moment of silence for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while serving in the Armed Forces. Snowhill Librarian Sheri Ehnie later remarked, “the children were so quiet — that’s priceless.”
Also priceless are the veterans who were there on Monday, all those who have served around the world throughout the history of our country, and those who are serving today.