Veterans Day Ceremony held in Manila
Veterans were honored with a ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at the Herman Davis Monument in Manila.
Manila Boy Scout Troop 32 presented the Colors with Logan Warrenfells serving as patrol leader.
Veteran Mike Warrenfells was emcee for the event honoring area veterans. Warrenfells thanked Donna Jackson who helps organize the service each year in honor of the local veterans. He praised the veterans for their dedicated service to the U.S.
“Veterans come from all walks of life,” he said. “I am proud to be in the midst of such patriots. They served a cause much larger than themselves.”
Judy Hampton sang the National Anthem and State Representative Johnny Rye sang God Bless America.
As the songs from each branch of the military were played veterans stood with pride as they were recognized by the crowd.
Guest speaker was Janiece Flannigan, retired master sergeant with the Air Force. Flannigan served 20 years in the military before returning to her hometown of Manila. She presently serves as the director of the Manila Housing Authority.
“I am proud to be a veteran,” she said. “Serving was a great experience.”
She quoted the definition of a veteran from the dictionary and then quoted the definitions of a veteran as told by her grandchildren.
She said she would do it all over again.
She read a poem, It Is a Veteran:
It is the Veteran, not the preacher, who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Veteran, not the reporter, who has given us freedom of press.
It is the Veteran, not the poet, who has given freedom of speech.
It is the Veteran, not the lawyer, who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Veteran, not the campus organizer, who has given us the right to demonstrate.
It is the Veteran who salutes the flag, who served under the flag and whose coffin is draped by the flag, who allows the protesters to burn the flag.
“Freedom is worth fighting for,” she said. “Veterans, stand tall, be proud, God bless you and your family and the U.S.A.
Mike Warrenfells talked about the veterans (men and women) willing to sacrifice for others.
He read the names of area veterans who have passed away since Nov. 11, 2016. They are Earl. C. Price, L.G. Turney, Carlos Frye, Jr., Jessie F. Isebell, Billy Wayne Benham, Robert Bruce Bell, T.J. Bressler. The reading of the names was followed by a moment of silence.
The ceremony ended with Elizabeth Barks playing Taps.
Veterans and their guests were invited to the American Legion Post 197 following the ceremony.