He retired after 20 years as a U.S. Marshal and spent 10 to 15 years in New Orleans before moving back to Logansport in 1988.
Stokes talked about the importance of honoring veterans, like Burks.
“They served their country and served it well,” Stokes said. “It’s important we recognize all veterans for their services.”
Another local veteran, Tyler Cosgray, from the Buffalo area, enlisted in the Marine Corps when he turned 18 years old.
Cosgray served two deployments in Iraq. After he graduated from boot camp in September 2004, he had his first deployment in Iraq from October 2005 to May 2006. His next deployment in Iraq was May until August 2007.
While in the Marine Corps, Cosgray moved his way up from driver to gunner to vehicle commander and then sergeant and squad leader.
When Cosgray came home in 2008, he started working at an ethanol plant, then moved to a plastic molding company and is now a patrolman for the Monticello Police Department. Cosgray, the first from his family to become a Marine, is also about to earn a bachelor’s degree in political science.
“I always wanted to be a Marine and serve my country,” Cosgray said. “Being a Marine causes you to mature quickly, learn leadership skills and learn to take care of your fellow brother next to you. When you serve a community or country try to do it with as much honor as you can.”
Stokes, himself a disabled veteran, talked of the importance of honoring veterans.
“There are people out there who no one realizes is a veteran,” Stokes said. “We’re just like every day people, but every veteran has a story – whether they served stateside or combat.”
Cosgray agreed with Stokes.
“Just remember the sacrifices we make,” Cosgray said. “We are away from our families for a long time and being in a combat zone can be stressful.”