Re­mem­ber­ing lo­cal veter­ans

VFW ser vice hon­ors group

Record Observer - - Front Page - By DOUG BISHOP dbishop@kibay­times.com

GRA­SONVILLE — Veter­ans of For­eign Wars, Post 7464, in Gra­sonville, hosted its an­nual Veter­ans Day ser­vice Fri­day, Nov. 11. A crowd of just over 100 peo­ple gath­ered out­side in the bright sun­shine at 11 a.m., as com­fort­able tem­per­a­tures for this time of year greeted all who were present.

Post Commander Herb Jones of­fi­cially wel­comed ev­ery­one, speak­ing briefly about the ori­gins of what be­came Veter­ans Day.

“Veter­ans Day orig­i­nated as Armistice Day, on No­vem­ber 11, 1919, the first an­niver­sary of the end of World War I. Congress made it an an­nual ob­ser­vance in 1926, and No­vem­ber 11 be­came a na­tional hol­i­day be­gin­ning in 1938,” Jones said. “Veter­ans Day pays trib­ute to all Amer­i­can veter­ans — liv­ing or dead — but es­pe­cially gives thanks to liv­ing veter­ans who served their coun­try hon­or­ably dur­ing war or peace­time. We must not for­get the sac­ri­fices and the suf­fer­ing they are still en­dur­ing for us and our way of life.”

Ev­ery­one was then asked to rise as the Kent Is­land High School Band, un­der the di­rec­tion of teacher Kim Mo­gensen, per­formed “The Star Span­gled Ban­ner.” Charles Ham­mond, Of­fi­cer of the Day, then led the au­di­ence in the Pledge of Al­le­giance.

Rec­og­niz­ing the Amer­i­can flag and its col­ors, red, white and blue wreathes were placed be­fore the memo­rial out­side the post, and words were read about the im­por­tant sym­bols each color rep­re­sents in honor of all who have served in the mil­i­tary for our na­tion. Of­fi­cers of the post read those words and placed each wreath.

Then names of com­rades from Post 7464 who have died in the past 12 months were read aloud and a bell was rung in mem­ory of those whose names were read.

Those hon­ored were: Bill Kuyk­endall, Al Nuph, Charles Boone, Bruce Pul­ley, Gene Melvin, Bernard Motichka and Terry Crane. Fallen Aux­il­iary mem­ber Ed Bauer’s name was also read.

Fol­low­ing the read­ing of the names, 11th-grader Gabrielle Calvert per­formed “Taps” solo on her trum­pet. All stood and saluted or placed their hand over their heart in trib­ute.

The KIHS band then played a med­ley of pa­tri­otic mu­sic, in­clud­ing “God Bless Amer­ica,” and armed forces mu­sic, rec­og­niz­ing each branch of the mil­i­tary with its theme song.

The pro­gram con­cluded with Jones invit­ing all in at­ten­dance to come in­side the post’s en­closed pavil­ion for a huge lun­cheon.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

Post Chapin Rick Hag­man reads the names of lo­cal VFW mem­bers who died in the last year to honor their mem­ory as vet­eran Larry Wilkins rings the bell for each name dur­ing Veter­ans Day ser­vices at VFW Post 7464 on Fri­day, Nov. 11.

PHOTO BY DOUG BISHOP

VFW Post 7464 Past Ladies Aux­il­iary Pres­i­dent Tr­ish Speak­man, left, stands next to Ladies found­ing mem­ber Pearl Col­lier, Fri­day, Nov. 11, fol­low­ing Veter­ans Day ser­vices at the post in Gra­sonville. Col­lier, now in her 90s, was han­dling out “Buddy Poppies” in re­mem­brance of those veter­ans who have served our na­tion.

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