County salutes veterans PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Monday, 12 November 2012 11:34
Joel Burg lays a wreath at a new monument during a ceremony Saturday honoring Wood County Medal of Honor recipients of the Civil War. (Photos: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
The enduring memory of veterans in American life was recognized Saturday at a ceremony at the Wood County Courthouse.
Their “sacrifice has been the bedrock of our sovereignty as a nation,” said speaker Mary Hanna at the event.
Hanna, the executive director of the Wood County Veterans Assistance Center, was herself an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam conflict.
She noted that more than 22 million veterans from conflicts dating back to World War II are currently living in the United States, with 1.5 million of those having served in the conflicts in Iraq, Afghanistan and the horn of Africa. More than 10,000 veterans currently live in Wood County.
“They come from all over our country, from every walk of life, and all too often we take them for granted,” Hanna noted.
“We may not always agree in the wars and battles that we fight,” but the contribution of the veterans who fought in those conflicts must always be recognized.
“Veterans have a special bond, a bond that is strengthened by serving together during war and peace,” and which endures after their service, Hanna noted.
The 14th Ohio volunteer Infantry Company E reinacters fire a 21 gun salute during a ceremony Saturday honoring Wood County Medal of Honor recipients of the Civil War.
Following the ceremony, a new monument to honor Wood County recipients of the Medal of Honor was unveiled. The stone monument, with a color plaque, is located just west of the courthouse along with the monuments to veterans ofWorld Wars I and II, the Korean War, and Vietnam.
Upon the monument are inscribed the names of the county’s six recipients of the Medal of Honor, all of whom served during the Civil War.
Five of those men — Wilson W. Brown, Robert Buffum, Elihu H. Mason, John A. Wilson, and Mark Wood — were part of Andrew’s Raider’s famed effort to staunch Confederate rail traffic and captured a train at Big Shanty, Ga. The sixth, Charles A. Thompson, saw action at Spotsylvania, Va., where he refused to give up the Union colors despite his regiment being surrounded.
A 21-gun salute was provided by Civil War re-enactors from the 14th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.
Bowling Green resident Fred Matthews, himself a retired Navy captain, was impressed by the marker.
“I think it’s wonderful,” he said.
“It’s very nice to know we’ve had six (Medal of Honor recipients) in Wood County.”

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