Numerous services, ceremonies and parades were held in Greene County between November 6 and 11 in recognition of Veterans Day and the many local men and women who have served or are serving in the United States military.
Each program and parade gave area residents the opportunity to honor, remember and express their gratitude to military personnel past and present who fought – and in some cases died – for the Red, White. and Blue.
Several programs took place on November 6, including a special event that took place at the Greene County Fairgrounds. The “Fly Our Flag” program organized to honor veterans in the region featured a “Parade in Front”, where parade participants lined up for spectators.
Following the parade, the program featured patriotic music and readings, an opening speech by Greene County Commissioner Betsy McClure, a tribute to the firing squad and the broadcast of “Taps.”
This event was coordinated through the efforts of the Greene County Veterans Council, County Commissioners, Greene County Chamber of Commerce, Greene County Pennsylvania CareerLink and many volunteers.
In his opening speech, McClure said the freedoms and freedoms Americans enjoy exist because of veterans.
“My gratitude to our veterans, active service and reservists is great,” she said. “As many of us are well aware, many of our soldiers made the ultimate sacrifice – their precious lives – so that we could freely assemble here today. We should not take this lightly.
McClure praised the area’s veterans not only for their service, but also for their help in the community.
“In Greene County we have about 3,000 veterans and that really reflects our community,” she said. “Our veterans are always there to step in and help in any way they can. “
McClure also encouraged veterans to come to the county veterans office if they need help.
“Our Veterans Affairs office is located in the Greene County office building in the basement, making it easy to enter from the ground floor with disabled accessible parking,” he said. she declared.
“No veteran should pay for services through our veterans office and the county is open to any questions or concerns. Our staff are here to help you and your families.
Earlier today, Commissioner Mike Belding was the keynote speaker for a service hosted by Greensboro VFW Post 6303, which took place to commemorate the unveiling of new banners honoring the area’s veterans which are placed around of Greensboro.
In his remarks, Belding – a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel – explained why Veterans Day is so important.
“It is an honor to stand before you and speak about something close to my heart – recognizing the men and women who courageously and selflessly serve our country,” he said. “There is a day in the spring, Memorial Day, to remember those who served and are not coming home; but Veterans Day is the day across America, in gatherings large and small, we stop to remember all who have served.
Regarding the commemoration, Belding said those in attendance had a unique opportunity to honor veterans who may be called “hometown heroes”.
“Among her notable contributions to our history, Greensboro is known for its connections to the coal industry, pottery and glassmaking. Today we recognize Greensboro for its veterans, ”he said. “Through the efforts of community leaders, especially Lisa Rumble Miller and her team, we recognize the residents of Greensboro who have served their country.
“There are new locations across town honoring our ‘Hometown Heroes’. Last names like Brewer, Hunnell and Zalar highlight people dedicated to serving their country, ”he continued. “You will also notice families with a tradition of service, names like Boone, Hardy, Shubert, Wilson and Yoskovich appear several times in the community indicating decades of honorable service to our country.
“Today we pay special attention to these veterans and their families and we continue to be grateful for their contributions.”
Other Veterans Day services held in Greene County included the unveiling of a new monument to the Bobtown Honor Roll on November 7, which was erected for three Vietnamese veterans from Bobtown – Daniel Allum, Joseph Paul Antonelli and Keith Held.
The effort to permanently commemorate the three fallen Vietnam veterans in their hometowns was led by John Michniak, a Bobtown resident and a retired correctional officer at the county state prison. The granite stone memorial was funded through donations from the community.
On November 11, a program was held at the Greene County Veterans Memorial Park to dedicate the addition of 300 bricks to two new memorial walls. Don Martin, a Vietnam Veteran and Purple Heart recipient, was the keynote speaker and. the Greene County Honor Guard showcased the colors and “taps”. Ten new benches were also unveiled during the ceremony.
School districts also hosted Veterans Day services on Nov. 11. Carmichaels Area High School presented a parade and program with Carmichaels American Legion Post 400; Waynesburg Central Elementary School featured a school-wide video to honor area veterans; and the West Greene School District presented a virtual veterans tribute that was posted on the school district’s website.