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Veterans Day observance

Saturday, November 24, 2007

The Veterans Day observance last Sunday at the Fort Scott National Cemetery drew a hardy crowd. With winds whipping out of the south at about 30 miles an hour, it made the 11 a.m. observance a bit on the cool side. With that amount of wind, the "Avenue of Flags" presented a striking picture as one headed to the cemetery.

Three generations of the Witt family participated in the program. Oliver and Henry, ages four and seven, proudly took the mike and came to the front of the stage where they led the crowd in the National Anthem. Their dad, Jared, followed up with the invocation and also closed with the benediction at the end of the program. After the rifle volley, Jerry Witt closed with a trumpet rendition of "Taps."

There were a lot of things that people could be doing on Sunday, but I feel I speak for the crowd at the memorial service when I say that having three generations paying well-deserved tribute to our veterans can't help but give us hope for the future.

Dick Hedges
Fort Scott Community College