Sacrifices of many duly noted
The numerous men and women who have willingly given the “last full measure of devotion” in defense of America since 1776 were remembered Monday during special ceremonies at cemeteries throughout Jefferson County.
A small but appreciative crowd gathered at Pleasant View Cemetery in Oskaloosa to pay tribute to the heroic efforts of members of the armed forces, both past and present.
The devotion, which was characterized by a strong Christian theme, was given by the Rev. Paul Reed, pastor of the First Baptist Church, who made note of the important role “the Iron Men of Metz” from the 95th Infantry Division played during World War II. His presentation was followed by a few remarks by Chaplain Melinda Harwood, who offered flowers in memory of the fallen.
The ceremony closed with a 21-gun salute (i.e., a three-round volley) and the playing of taps by bugler Francis Stockton. He is pictured here as he performs the familiar 24-note melody.
Those participating in the program also included Commander Bill Reed, Ron Smith, the Honor Guard, and Ron Harper, Bob Varner, Ron Henneberg, Kerry Jackson, Kenneth Bailey and George Larison, members of the Firing Squad. They were representing American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts in Oskaloosa, Meriden, Ozawkie and Winchester. The Flag Brigade on hand for the occasion was created by the Patriot Riders of Ozawkie.
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