Independence – gained and protected at a price

On this Independence Day, InsideVero salutes all residents of Vero Beach and Indian River County who have protected our cherished liberties through service in the United States Armed Forces. Below left is Vero Beach resident, Colonel Jim Thompson, U.S. Army Retired. Thompson, a graduate of Vero Beach Senior High School, completed ROTC training at Mercer University. He began two years of active duty service in September, 1954 at Fort Lee, Virginia, and served another 28 years in the United States Army Reserves, retiring in 1984 as Colonel. He served a total of 30 years and 30 days. Thompson and his wife, Lois, live in Vero Beach.

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  1. Thanks to all who have helped maintain the independence of our country….starting with the folks in the beginning who dared to pick up their muskets and fight…..and all those who contributed in other ways–through their leadership, through caring for those wounded, sewing uniforms & flags, through providing food and information…..no matter how seemingly difficult, dangerous, or trivial……..We salute all…..and thank you, Col. Jim Thompson.

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