Some Gave All Stressed During Veterans Memoral Day Ceremonies at Arch

by Tony E. Rutherford, News Editor
Elsa Littlepage salutes the flags on display at Veterans Memorial Blvd. The display concluded Monday evening.
Elsa Littlepage salutes the flags on display at Veterans Memorial Blvd. The display concluded Monday evening.
Photo by Jeff Hedgecock, Hedgecock Professional Photography

Edward Peckham, veterans coordinator for Hospice of Huntington, asked , "why do immigrants come to America," during his speech at the Memorial Arch on Monday, May 26. He answered, "Freedom," which in turn yields  "opportunity, choice, and a chance to make (those) choices for themselves and their families."

Referring to the Declaration of Independence cited by Huntington Mayor Steve Williams, Peckham stressed that 1.3 million (and counting) veterans "have paid all for their country." The military actions may have gone by  "battle, police action, or skirmish" but for the veteran "no matter what politicians call it , somebody was trying to kill [them]."

"The freedom to stand and talk freely" recalls only one  of the freedoms for which they sacrificed their lives.

Some Gave All Stressed During Veterans Memoral Day Ceremonies at Arch

Stressing national pride in uniforms, units, the flag and patriotic remembrances, Peckham cited the lyrics of "Some Gave All," which a Korean War veteran first stated, adding, "If you don't get a lump in your throat , you should when you hear the Star Spangled Banner."

Other speakers included Brian Nimmo, director of the Veterans Administration Medical Center; Laura Finley, staff assistant VA Regional Office; Rick Thompson, Secretary, WV Department of Veterans Assistance; and Ron Wroblewski, general chairman VCCI. Circuit Judge Chris Chiles sang "America the Beautiful," "God Bless America," and the "Star Spangled Banner."

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