Wood County ceremony marks Veterans Day PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 09 November 2013 18:12
Herb Dettmer (left) and David Ridenour place a wreath at the Korean War monument at the Wood County Courthouse during a service honoring veterans Saturday afternoon. (Photo: Shane Hughes/Sentinel-Tribune)
A cappella music and a heart-felt address along with traditional military rituals filled the annual Veterans Day program at the Wood County Courthouse on Saturday afternoon.
Among the highlight for those in attendance was music played on a fife by Greg Hernandez, an Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War. In addition to leading those gathered in the National Anthem, Hernandez played a stirring medley of songs associated with wars throughout the centuries beginning with a version of Yankee Doodle Dandy as he said George Washington would have heard it in his day. Though the melody was familiar, there were variations of the song familiar to most. Other tunes in medley included those from 1812 and "Over There" from World War II.
"It's an honor to do stuff like this," Hernandez said following the program.
Herb Dettmer, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and Commander of the American Legion Post 45, gave the address.
He opened his remarks by noting no matter in which service branch a veteran serves, they "all have the same job, the same goal - to serve the American people."
He said the key word is "serve."
The veteran continued citing various ways our lives today could or would have been different without the service of the veterans. He noted the rights and privileges enjoyed by Americans today.
He listed most of the wars which have been fought by Americans, both here and abroad, noting how Americans have always answered the call but pondering if they had not, "What would live be like today?"
He added, "Serving is paying our dues. Paying it forward. Our veterans have served with dignity, with courage, with sacrifice and with honor."
The veteran explained that it did not matter if someone served at peace or at wartime, nor at home or abroad, nor served with rifles, computers or in a mess hall, or at the cost of their life.
"They served and their service and sacrifice can never be repaid."
Dettmer summed up his remarks noting, "Even with all the problems we face today, we still live in the greatest country in the world."
Steve Benner provided a reading of the symbolism and details of folding an American flag as demonstrated by Richard Zulch and David Ridenour, who also served as the master of ceremonies.
The invocation and benediction were delivered by the Rev. Eric McGlade of Trinity United Methodist Church in Bowling Green.
Following the program in the atrium of the courthouse, four wreaths were laid at the various war memorials on the courthouse lawn.
A salute with the firing of rifles was provided by the 14th O.V.I./Third Arkansas Regiment, a group of Civil War re-enactors.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 10:31

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