Holmes County High School honors local veterans

Published: Monday, November 11, 2013 at 04:14 PM.

“He resigned his Navy commission, completed a two-year residency in family practice and moved his family to Bonifay,” she said. “When Dr. Brooks first visited Bonifay in October of 1964 he was only suppose to stay a week filling in for a vacationing doctor but he fell in love with the community and the people and decided to return when he had finished his residency. Over the past five decades Dr. Brooks, a Board Certified Family Physician, has served five generations of patients with dedication and compassion and delivered more than 1,000 babies during his medical career.”

She said he as served on the Board of Directors for the Florida Academy of Family Physicians, becoming president in 1986; served many years as a delegate to the Florida Medical Association; locally, he was President of the Kiwanis Club and has served on the board of many local civic, medical, church and community boards.

“The Bonifay Kiwanis Club honored Dr. Brooks in 2003 as the Grand Marshall of the Bonifay Rodeo Parade and in 2007 the Holmes County Chamber of Commerce selected him as the Business of the Year,” she said. “However, not of these opportunities and honors would have been possible without the men and women in the service of this country; men and women who fought and died to prevent the spread of Japanese Imperialism, Italian Fascism, German Nazism and Russian Communism to the United States and to the world. Today men and women are fighting and dying to prevent the global spread of terrorism and he was a part of the generation of Freedom Fighting Americans that made it possible for the rest of us to sleep peacefully in our beds at night knowing our freedoms are still intact.”

She said the dangers we face today are “much more insidious.”

“We must all be constantly vigilant to prevent our constitutional rights from being taken away from us little by little; much like a frog that doesn’t realize he is in hot water until it is too late,” she said. “The Brooks family motto is ‘Perseverando,’ which means to persevere and describes his life because when he encountered obstacles to his goals he figured out how to overcome them, followed his dreams and made a difference; he remembered to ‘face the fear, know what you have to do and do it.’ So today on this Veterans’ Day, let us reflect on what we are doing with the freedoms others have died for and thank the veterans in this room and all over the country for the freedom and privilege to be able to reach our goals and dreams.”

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