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At Memorial Day ceremony in Darlington, Bronze Star recipient calls for identity

May 29, 2018 GMT

DARLINGTON, S.C. – Retired Naval electrician Michael Williams called Monday for his fellow retirees to be less humble and more visible in their respective communities.

At a Memorial Day service held at Trinity United Methodist Church, the Bronze Star recipient not only recounted the hundreds of thousands of people who died in service of their country but also asked that those who are still here to make an impact.

“There are only 970,000 retired military personnel living in our towns and our cities,” he said. “… Nearly every retired military person I have encountered is humble. It is not in our character to promote ourselves, and there lies the problem for our military. Your military.

“Most Americans feel they should thank us for our service. But they really don’t know why. They don’t know what active duty personnel do in their name to preserve and defend our way of life.”

Williams gave some suggestions as to how veterans can create a visible presence.

“Wear your lapel pin,” he said. “Put the appropriate window sticker on your vehicle or in some other highly visible place. Get involved with local chapter of the VFW, DAV or AL, or other organizations.”

Williams is the son of Congressional Medal of Honor recipient James Elliott Williams and the former Elaine Weaver, both of whom are from Darlington.

The younger Williams enlisted in the Navy and served on the USS South Carolina CGN-37. He and his team received recognition for installing or upgrading electrical infrastructure for Kabol, Afghanistan, military FOB’s and the people of Afghanistan, improving the lives of the people in this nation.

With wet weather outside, the Trinity UMC Fellowship Hall was filled with locals ready to remember the Memorial Day holiday.