Veterans Day observed

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Photo by Shari Harris
Commander Billie Krewson led the program in the VFW hall this year due to the poor weather conditions which prevented the program from taking place at the Memorial for the Fallen.

                                    Photo by Shari Harris
Ed Bennett played Taps at the 
Veterans Program Monday.

By Shari Harris

The Veterans Day program planned for Monday morning at the Memorial for the Fallen in Licking was held inside the VFW hall due to a mix of rain and snow combined with falling temperatures. But the ceremony was no less special as the attendees paid tribute to the sacrifices of all veterans, those who have passed and those among us.
Licking VFW Post 6337 Commander Billie Krewson led the service. He reminded those present that Veterans Day began as Armistice Day 100 years ago. Krewson pointed out that 31 of 44 presidents have been veterans and quoted several famous patriots and veterans. Krewson explained the symbolism during burial rituals of a sprig of evergreen “as a symbol of our undying love for our comrade,” a white flower as a symbol of purity…and may each future generation emulate the unselfish devotion to duty even to the last of our comrades,” a laurel wreath “as a last token of affection from his comrades-in-arms upon the casket of our departed comrade and crown his mortal dust with this symbol of victory,” and the flag which covered the casket which is folded and presented to the family of the veteran, “under which your (loved one) has so honorably and faithfully served.”
The Licking VFW Post assisted with several veteran and active duty funerals this year. Krewson honored those who passed by reciting their names: Lewis Dunlap, Gerald Chambers, Thomas Franklin, Harold Merritt, Elton Remington, Richard Bratton, Claude Dickens, Elmer Bradford, Ronnie Medlock, John Nabity, Donald Tottingham, Gaylan Terrill, Coy Smith, Leon Donelson and Charles Marion Hartman, Jr.
The ceremony wrapped up with the playing of Taps by Ed Bennett and a prayer.
                                                                                                           Photo by Shari Harris
SFC (Ret.) Ted Jensen, U.S. Army, came to Hickory Manor to 
speak to the veterans residing there Monday morning. 
Veterans who assembled for the service included front row 
from left: Jewell Groves (Army), Jerry Williams (Army), 
Don Ewalt (Army) and Alvin Hill (Army); back row from left: 
Jimmie Lawler (Air Force), James Drewel (Navy), 
John Robertson (Army), with Speaker Ted Jensen. 
Jensen, a member of VFW Post 6337 in Licking, 
has been coming to Hickory Manor on Veterans Day 
12 or 13 years now to speak on patriotism and to 
honor the veterans. 
Right is veteran Jimmie Conley (Army).
                                         Photo by Shari Harris



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