Every edge of our country is touched by the stories of war. It wasn’t many years ago that one was not asked, “Did you serve?” but “What branch did you serve?” And although there may be gaps in our ranks, Americans can agree that our military deserves honor and recognition for their willingness to lay down their lives for not only their friends, but those they do not even know.
Scott County hosts military recognitions twice a year. Once on Memorial Day and then again on Veteran’s Day.
Veteran’s Day has become a yearly tradition as well at the Scott County Elementary School. The hour long presentation has included patriotic singing by class choirs, poetry readings, pictures of veterans and reading of names, and a local color guard of military vets. The past three years, the Kid’s Choir, an afterschool group at the elementary school, has led the program.
Nancy Green, Music Teacher, has coordinated the program for most of the 13 years that she has taught at SCES, “My goal for this ceremony is not that it is entertaining, but that it is an opportunity for the students to let Veteran’s know that we appreciate what they have done for us.” She also says that this gives students the opportunity to know exactly who and what a Veteran is and why they are so important.
The program will be held on Friday, November 10th at 8:10 AM. The local color guard, made up of local Veterans representing several branches, will be presenting the colors. “It is a special time where we once again serve our country and the kids get a lot out of the program. They always make us feel extra special,” says Howard Fisher, AF Veteran.
The Color Guard, local High School National Honor Society Members, HS Band Members, and other Community Veterans also gather for a special recognition of those you gave all in WWI, WWII, Korea, and Vietnam. This ceremony, once held at the County Court House lawn memorial, is now held at the new Veteran’s Memorial on East 5th Street.
Skip Numrich, Marine Veteran, puts together a respectful program in which names of the fallen are read with the sounding of a bell and flowers laid at the memorials. High School students participate in readings and in presenting the National Anthem. The Color Guard gives a three-volley salute followed by playing of taps.
Scott County’s roll call includes 27 Civil War Soldiers, many Veterans, and the following who lost their lives:
WWI – Ezra Conner, Lloyd Crooks, Orvis Hull, Frederick O. Reese, Lester Reid, H.H. Renick, Paul West.
WWII – Gene Batcheller,Lynn L. Beebe, Lynn Crowl, Charles L. Dunlap, Lynn B Hardgrove Jr., Donald Helfrick, J.D. Keeling, Bobby Lee Kennedy, Murl D. Phillips, Lowell Sauer, Umphrey Darrel Stewart, Martin W. Wiechman, Milton M. Woodrick, Ernest G. Young, Charles F. Zinn
Korean War – John M. Masch, Dwayne Merica
Vietnam War – Jack O. Eitel
Author: Stephanie Fisher
Stephanie Fisher holds a degree in Communications from the University of New Hampshire. She grew up in Scott City where she now lives with her family of 5. Stephanie is the Program Director and Docent at the El Quartelejo Museum and Jerry Thomas Gallery and Collection where she shares her love for history and community.