Pace Thanks Heroes in Massachusetts

Gen Pace Honors Veterans in J.R.'s Hometown

WORCESTER, Mass., Oct. 16, 2006 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff and the commonwealth's senior U.S. senator offered a heartfelt
"thank you" to the military community during a tribute concert awash in
patriotism and pageantry here last night.

Against a backdrop of American flags, Marine Gen. Peter Pace expressed
gratitude to more than 400 Gold Star family members in the audience of
nearly 1,500 gathered at Mechanics Hall for the "Memorial Concert and
Tribute to Today's War Heroes." The "Gold Star" designation indicates
that a family member has been lost in service to the country.

"There are no words any of us could possibly choose that could lessen
your pain," Pace said. He had visited earlier with Gold Star family
members and former prisoners of war.

The chairman also acknowledged the contributions of two Medal of Honor
recipients from the Korean War, and 26 ex-POWs representing U.S.
conflicts from World War II to the present.

"To the two Medal of Honor recipients and 26 (prisoners of war) who
were introduced earlier: Thank you for showing those of us who serve today
how to serve," he said. The honorees, he added, "exemplify all that all
of us who serve today hope that we might ourselves show and do."

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