Veterans honored at Manila High School

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
The Manila Boy Scouts presented the colors for the 2015 Veterans Day program in Manila. Also pictured is veteran Joe Chipman who recognized all veterans and introduced the guest speaker, Rep. Dave Wallace.

Veterans were welcomed to the Manila High School Wednesday morning by a path of red, white and blue American flags lining the way to the gymnasium.

The annual Veterans Day program is held to honor men and women who have served in the armed forces.

Kylie Henderson welcomed veterans and guests thanking them for their service. Connor Jackson introduced veteran Joe Chipman who recognized all branches of the service as the service anthems were played. Veterans were from the Army, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Marines.

The Manila Cub Scouts presented the colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Manila High School Band played the National Anthem.

Mr. Chipman introduced the guest speaker, Rep. Dave Wallace. Rep. Wallace is a retired Army officer.

"I am proud to be part of it," Rep. Wallace said.

He recognized the veterans for their sacrifices and their families for their support.

"All of us have the right to be all we can be," he said. "We have the right to go where we want to be. Many of the veterans here have been to places where people did not have the freedom to leave the villages where they grew up. You have the freedom to choose.

"We are Americans, we are free. Never forget it. Cherish our freedom. The price for our freedom has been paid over the last 239 years by men and women willing to sacrifice for our freedom. We need to honor the men and women who fought for it."

Veteran Mike Warrenfells remembered the area veterans who have died since last year's program. The list included J.R. Bunch, Donnie Ray Croom, Robert Lee Meacham, Sr., Billie Joe Ketchum, Dan Eldon Minirth, Doyle Victor Gilbert, Walter J. Briley, Woodrow Henry, Edwin "Skip" Evans, George Richard Smith, Alvin Dewayne Edwards, Clarence A. Holt, Wayne Lloyd Miflin, Jimmie D. Bollinger, Dr. Howard Leslie Nelson, and Calvin Dean Jackson.

"We need to honor our heroes," Warrenfells said.

The Manila Band played God Bless the USA concluding the program.

Lunch was provided at the Depot for veterans and their families by the American Legion Post 197.

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