Honoring those who served

MOUNT VERNON — It was a chilly morning Saturday, but a nice crowd still assembled for the annual observance of Veterans’ Day on Mount Vernon’s Public Square.

It began at 11 a.m. — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — to commemorate the day’s origin as Armistice Day marking the end of World War I.

Veterans Day honors all veterans. There are no living veterans from World War I, but there are more than 16 million living veterans who served during at least one war, plus 6 million who served in peacetime.

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Lester: Vets share traits of pride, dedication

FREDERICKTOWN — On Saturday, Fredericktown veterans, families and friends gathered for the annual Veterans Day Remembrance Dinner sponsored by Fredericktown American Legion Post 500.

Post commander Josh Leist served as master of ceremonies, and thanked everyone for coming out to celebrate all those who served or who are serving in the United States armed forces. He recognized fellow members of the American Legion, the women’s auxiliary unit, honor flight participants, Gold Star families and members of other veteran organizations.

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Wall has special meaning for veterans

UTICA — The Utica American Legion Post 92 shined the spotlight on the Wall of Honor on Saturday to celebrate service men and women of both past and present. Names on the wall represent those who have served in the armed forces, as well as area first responders — a fitting example of the meaning behind Veterans Day.

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Henthorn: Duty of all to honor vets

DANVILLE — There is a duty to veterans shared by everyone on the homefront, Knox County Veteran’s Services Director Kevin Henthorn said.

Henthorn spoke Saturday at Memorial Park in Danville, thanking the veterans, but also the civilians, who turned out.

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  • Joshua Morrison/News Lt. Col. Joseph A. Machado, Army retired, spoke to the gathering on Mount Vernon’s Public Square Saturday in honor of Veterans Day. Machado is a board member and volunteer with Honor Flight Columbus and spoke on the origins of the program that organizes trips for veterans to Washington, D.C., war memorials.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Lt. Col. Joseph A. Machado, Army retired, spoke to the gathering on Mount Vernon’s Public Square Saturday in honor of Veterans Day. Machado is a board member and volunteer with Honor Flight Columbus and spoke on the origins of the program that organizes trips for veterans to Washington, D.C., war memorials.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Colin Pack salutes as the Knox County Joint Veterans Council Honor Guard fires a rifle salute during Saturday’s ceremony on the Public Square.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Lauren Baker, Marine Corps veteran plays "Taps" to close the Mount Vernon Veterans Day ceremony.
  • Joshua Morrison/News Lauren Baker, Marine Corps veteran plays "Taps" to close the Mount Vernon Veterans Day ceremony.
  • Nick Sabo/News Knox County Veterans Service Office Director Kevin Henthorn speaks at the Danville Veterans Day service Saturday at Memorial Park.
  • Pam Schehl/News Guest speaker at Saturday’s Fredericktown Veterans Day Remembrance Dinner Jim Lester, left, is welcomed by Josh Leist, commander, American Legion Post 500.
  • Chelsea Olms/News The Wall of Honor, located at the corner of Washington and Spring streets in Utica, was officially opened Saturday in a ceremony by the American Legion Post 92.
  • Chelsea Olms/News The Wall of Honor, located at the corner of Washington and Spring streets in Utica, was officially opened Saturday in a ceremony by the American Legion Post 92.
  • Chelsea Olms/News The Wall of Honor, located at the corner of Washington and Spring streets in Utica, was officially opened Saturday in a ceremony by the American Legion Post 92.
  • Pam Schehl/News
  • Pam Schehl/News
  • Pam Schehl/News
  • Chelsea Olms/News The Wall of Honor, located at the corner of Washington and Spring streets in Utica, was officially opened Saturday in a ceremony by the American Legion Post 92.
  • Chelsea Olms/News The Wall of Honor, located at the corner of Washington and Spring streets in Utica, was officially opened Saturday in a ceremony by the American Legion Post 92.
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News
  • Joshua Morrison/News

 

 

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