|Veterans Day ceremonies honor all who served|
|Monday, November 12, 2012 1:59 PM|
BY STACY TAFF
DELPHOS — Those who attended the Veterans Day ceremonies Sunday were blessed with beautiful weather and unseasonably warm temperatures as they gathered around the Veterans Memorial to honor all who have served and those who have fallen.
Post commanders and presidents of the Delphos VFW and American Legion and their respective auxiliaries were present to say a few words in honor of the occasion.
“We are gathered here today to honor those who have served at home and in war far away and have died in defense of our country,” VFW Commander Mike Hughes said. “We see these brave soldiers in our minds as old and wise. We see them as something like the founding fathers, grave and gray- haired, but most of them were boys when they died. When they died, they gave up their chance to be husbands and fathers and grandfathers. They gave up their chance to be revered old men. They gave up everything for us and our country.
“Please remember those who are serving in the Armed Forces today. Keep them in your thoughts and prayers, for a safe return home to family and friends.”
American Legion Post Commander Larry Grothouse read a poem titled “The Noble and the Brave: A Veterans Day Tribute” by Joanna Fuchs and American Legion Auxiliary President Sharon Miller read “Freedom is not Free” by Ashley Persyn. Mary Grothause, president of the VFW Auxiliary, read an excerpt from the speech “The Torch is Passed” by John F. Kennedy.
At the conclusion of the ceremony, which included a 3-volley salute and the playing of “Taps,” veterans who passed away within the last two years were honored. They are as follows: Richard L. Weisgerber, Army Peacetime, Nov. 3, 2011; Paul D. Purdy, Marine Corp. Vietnam, Nov. 4, 2011; Dale Frederick Miller, Army World War II; Leonard W. Smith, Army World War II, Nov. 14, 2011; Charles A. Rohrbacher, Navy Peacetime, Dec. 17, 2011; William H. Strayer, Marine Corp. Korea, Dec. 27, 2011; Richard Grothouse, Korea; Robert M. Bendele, Air Force World War II, Jan. 16, 2012; Charles R. Kissel, Air Force, World War II, Jan. 28, 2012; William J. German, Navy Seebee, peacetime, Jan. 27, 2012; Julius F. Wurst, Army, peacetime, Jan. 28, 2012; Alfred Emanuel Baldauf, Army, Korea, Feb. 16, 2012; Deborah Sue Best, U.S. Air Force, March 4, 2012; Leo N. Drerup, Army, Korea, April 9, 2012; Louis Rode, Army, World War II, May 1, 2012; Paul H. Feathers Sr., Nat. Guard, peacetime, May 6, 2012; Richard A. Gengler, Navy & Army veteran holder, May 16, 2012; W. Tim Mericle, Navy, veteran holder, May 18, 2012; Kenneth W. Fetzer, Army, Korea, May 18, 2012; Hubert A. Youngpeter, Army, World War II, June 11, 2012; Glen J. Allemeier, Army, Korea, June 20, 2012; John Joseph Lubrano, Air Force, veteran holder, June 21, 2012; Raymond Ward, Army, Korea; William F. Lane, Nat. Guard, July 16, 2012; Donald V. Grothouse, Army, Korea, July 20, 2012; Ronald E. Ditto, Navy, peacetime, July 23, 2012; John Keith Bemis, Navy, Aug. 8, 2012; Orville W. Carder, Army veteran holder, Aug. 18, 2012; Charles A. Fletcher, Army, World War II, Aug. 22, 2012; Jack E. Werner, Army, World War II, Aug. 27, 2012; Lasaro R. Vasquez, Korea and Vietnam, Sept. 17, 2012; F. George Berres, Navy, World War II, Sept. 25, 2012; Thomas E. Deffenbaugh, Navy, veteran holder, Oct. 6, 2012; Louis W. Etzkorn, Army, veteran holder, Oct. 15, 2012; Joseph L. Knippen, Army, World War II, Oct. 23, 2012; Willard “Willy” Watkins, Army, World War II, Oct. 25, 2012; and James Lee “Jim” Wilcox, Navy, Vietnam, Nov. 8, 2012.
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