Remembering local veterans
VFW ser vice honors group
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.
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.
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.