POMEROY — The Pomeroy Levee was awash in red, white and blue Wednesday morning as ceremonies for Veterans Day were conducted to honor all those who have served the United States military — in particular, Meigs County residents who have served.
Leading the service was Drew Webster American Legion Post Post 39 Commander John Hood. Dennis Moore, of Common Grounds Missions, was asked to give the opening and closing prayer. Porter Midkiff, 4, was asked to give the Pledge of Allegiance.
Gladys Cuming then read the military piece, “In Flanders Field,” which is a 100-year-old poem written during World War I by Lt. Col. John McCrae, who served in the Canadian army. The poem discusses the soldiers who have passed away in a field where poppy flowers now grow. The poem was also read at this year’s Memorial Day service on the levee.
“Close your eyes and envision seeing crosses with poppies growing between them and envision those below Flanders Field,” Cuming said before reading the poem.
Following Cuming, Dale Thoene, representing Disabled American Veterans, read a piece about the history of the flag, where it has been and what it represents to residents of the United States.
Ron Eastman, a member of American Legion Post 128 in Middleport, Veterans of Foreign Wars, the 1st Cavalry Association, Vietnam Veterans, AMVETS, the 5th U.S. Cavalry Association and Disabled American Veterans, spoke about the hardships that Vietnam veterans faced at home. He said soldiers today see so much respect, but during his time in the war 45 years ago, civilian protests of the war were rampant.
Eastman also spoke about the true definition of a hero, and that a hero was someone who was willing to keep going in times when they knew they were going to die. He also hoped that the country would continue to be a country for God.
“They say ‘God Bless America,’” he said. “How is God going to bless this nation when this nation has turned its back on God?”
Between these readings, the Southern High School Marching band performed musical pieces as well.
Ending the ceremony was a 21-gun salute and an end prayer from Moore, who encouraged everyone present to pray for the United States.
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