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Veterans ceremony draws crowd

The Inter-Mountain photos Children take part in the Pledge of Allegiance at the beginning of Monday morning’s Veterans Day ceremony at the All Veterans Monument in Elkins

ELKINS — A large crowd turned out on a sunny November morning for the annual Veterans Day ceremony at the All Veterans Monument Monday.

“I would like to give a special welcome today to our hometown heroes who sacrificed their time for our great country,” Elkins Mayor Van Broughton said during the ceremony. “Each day when we wake up and are free, we should thank our veterans for what they did.”

Broughton addressed the veterans in the crowd directly.

“We thank you today for your service, whether it was in times of war or peace, we appreciate you,” the mayor said. “It is an honor and a privilege to among so many heroes.”

American Legion Post 29 Commander Donnie Lambert welcomed the crowd to the ceremony, and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Placing a memorial wreath at the ceremony Monday are, from left, Tom Petrice of VFW Post 5583, Donnie Lambert of American Legion Post 29, Roger Ware of Marine Corps League Detachment 956, and Jake Roberts of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 812.

The National Anthem and other patriotic songs were sung by the Highland Adventist School Chorus and Mike House & Chorus.

Memorial wreaths were placed by Marine Corps League Detachment 956, American Legion Post 29 and Auxiliary, Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 812, VFW Post 5583 and auxiliary, and VFW Post 3647 and auxiliary.

Also taking part in the ceremony was the VFW Post 3647 Firing Squad and American Legion Post 29 Color Guard.

The invocation and benediction were provided by Arley Simmons, chaplain for Post 29.