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Lest We Forget

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Supporters of our veterans come in all sizes. This young boy marched proudly up and down the stands waving his American Flag. More photos from the Veterans Day celebration can be found on page 10A. Photo by Amanda Powers
"Freedom is not free," was the message White River Medical Clinic Director Joe Walls tried to convey to the listeners, young and old, during the Veterans Day Memorial services Nov. 11.

Walls, who was a staff sergeant himself, said he picked the Army -- he did not wait to be drafted. Walls spoke to the Highland High School students during the Veterans Day assembly and also to the crowd who attended the Veterans Day Memorial later that morning at Ash Flat.

Walls told both crowds, "Always remember, freedom is not free. Someone gave their son, brother, mother or father for us to be free." Walls asked the crowd, "How many young men and women had to be raised without their father because they were killed in the war?"

Walls went on to say that we, Americans, could be Japanese if it had not been for the brave men and women who fought for our freedom. He also stressed to the younger crowd at the high school that we could be a communist nation and not be able to express our beliefs and opinions.

State Rep. David Cook attended and spoke at both ceremonies. State Rep. Curren Everett spoke during the service at the memorial. Both representatives helped serve a barbecue lunch for those who attended the memorial.

At both events, the Color Guard presented the flags. Highland High School Chorus sang the National Anthem at the assembly and Denise Gibbons performed the anthem at the memorial.

"Taps" was performed at the assembly by the Highland High School Band and at the memorial by Marion Moore, adjutant American Legion Post 346. Dick Sackett, commander of American Legion Post 346, spoke at both events.

The Veterans Day activities were a collaboration of many different organizations who pulled together to make these events happen in Sharp County. The Veterans Day ceremonies were courtesy of the American Legion Post 346, VFW Post 4772, DAV 55, the Purple Heart Association and Sharp County Veterans Memorial Committee.

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Thank you to all who have serve and to those who continue to serve.

-- Posted by Hem on Fri, Nov 21, 2008, at 4:50 AM

All servicemen and women should be honored on Veteran's day. It is very interesting that most schools around the country are closed on this day but Highland Closes a business day before veteran' day to hunt deer. What a shame and is an insult to this country. For you all who like to hunt and like deer day, couldn't the day that people in the schools get off for deer day wait 1 more day to hunt. It is only respectful to our veterans who have given their time and many times life for our everyday freedoms we enjoy

-- Posted by plandguy on Sun, Nov 30, 2008, at 7:47 AM

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