Norwich University cadet Ava K. Smith, a graduate of Falmouth High School, delivered an accomplished and moving keynote speech at this year’s Veterans Day Ceremony. The speech, edited for length, is reprinted as follows:

Ladies and gentlemen, distinguished guests, friends, Falmouth community. It is beyond an honor to speak here today. I am Ava Smith, and I am a proud veteran family member. I stand here before you, thankful a million times over, to have stood alongside those who served our country, in the most intimate of ranks—a loved one who supports a veteran—for my entire 20-year life.

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