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Saturday, June 01, 2013 12:13 AM

DEAR EDITOR:

With a not so perfect Memorial Day behind us, and before I move on to the next activities on the Veteran Council’s agenda, I want to extend my thanks to those many citizens who braved the cool, damp day and made time in their busy schedule to be a part of our memorial tribute to those comrades who gave there all for their country.

Additional thanks is extended to Reverand Ronald Lumm, the Mayor, Mr. Mike Gallmeier, the Police and Fire Departments, the EMS, St. John’s High School Band, the Cub Scouts, Jefferson Jr. High Band, and The Delphos Jefferson High School Band. Without these organizations there would be no parade to honor our fallen heroes.

My appreciation also goes out to the men and women of the Veteran’s Council. These are the comrades who perform the veterans’ funeral services, year round, in all kinds of weather at the request of the family of a deceased veteran. These veteran members display the protocol necessary to honor all the comrades who have gone before us.

Additionally, I would like to recognize the VFW, their Color Guard and Ladies Auxiliary, the American Legion and their Ladies Auxiliary.

Other participants deserving a vote of gratitude include the individual presenters that placed flowers in remembrance of our veterans. Those individuals include American Legion Commander Larry Grothouse, Ladies Auxiliary President Sharon Miller, VFW Commander Michael Hughes, Ladies Auxiliary President Mary Grothause, Military Order of Cooties (MOC) Representative, John Williams and Richard Schuck for honoring the POW/MIA’S.

A heartfelt thanks goes out to Doug Harter Jr. who once again has filled our need for the playing of taps.

Finally on my list, are two people that made everything come together. A special thanks goes to Dave Roach, the Master of Ceremonies. Dave has managed to make sense from what I give him as well as keep the program moving. A job well done.

The final person to compliment for the successful ceremony with his thoughts was 1st Sergeant Paul Joseph, our guest speaker. His awakening remarks on, “Attrition of the Truth,” as well as where we should be, has opened peoples’ ears to today’s ways. Something going forward could become reality we may not want or expect. We must remember our history and not allow it to be rewritten.

“Lest we forget”. “Do not forget!”

John Grothouse

Delphos Veterans Council

 

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