Veterans recognized on Patriot's Day

Friday, September 20, 2013

Patriotism was in abundance from the Patriot's Day ceremony at the Trumann Senior Life Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11. Hazel Riley, with the Senior Center, organized the event to honor veterans at the center as well as in the community. Veterans were Walter Marvel, Navy; Henry Prichard, Navy; Daniel Clement, Army; and Letha Owens, Air Force. Local veterans including Trumann Fire Chief Tim Winkles, National Guard, were also honored. The Trumann Police Department and Fire Department were also recognized.

Flags were flying and the seniors were dressed patriotically in red, white and blue. The commander with the American Legion led the opening prayer. Past Commander Ron Taylor recalled his memories from 9/11.

Taylor started by saying there are three events in U.S. History that he can remember exactly what he was doing at the time he heard the news of the events. The first being when man first walked on the moon, then the day President Kennedy was shot and the third was 9/11.

“I thought they were going to attack the whole United States, I didn't know what was going to happen next,” Taylor said.

He spoke briefly recalling the 9/11 tragedies, then thanked everyone for taking the time to come out, pay respects and support local veterans and members of service.

Taylor took a moment to speak on modern medical technology, graciously saying many lives of wounded soldiers have been saved by technology. He added in the past, soldiers lost their lives due to what seems minor today.

Not even the sound of a passing train could stop him from paying tributes and finishing his presentation. Taylor also encouraged everyone to pray for our troops daily.

“Our country owes gratitude to the men and women of armed forces,” said Taylor.

Trumann Mayor Sheila Walters thanked everyone in attendance and ended the ceremony with prayer.

Following the event, everyone proudly faced the flag lowered half staff and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Vera Young and June Whitmire, members of the Senior Center, spent a generous amount of time preparing a hand-crocheted blanket that was placed behind the flag pole for the community to admire.

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