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Minerva comes together to honor veterans

Published: June 1, 2017 12:00 AM
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On a cloudy Memorial Day eve May 28, Carroll County Commissioner Robert Wirkner spoke to the gathered crowd at Liberty Church Cemetery.

Wirkner, a Vietnam veteran, spoke of sacrifices and how those sacrifices are for everyone, even those who protest wars. Wirkner also stated that his father is a Korean War veteran.

He then thanked the approximately 70 guests in attendance.

Master of Ceremonies Michael Lee of the VFW Post 4120 and American Legion Post 357 began the service leading with the Pledge of Allegiance. Chaplain Roger Rohr gave the invocation followed by a patriotic musical selection from the Minerva Middle School Band, directed by Cathy Miller.

Minerva Middle School student Samantha Schmit then read the Gettysburg address followed by Michael Lee's introduction of Commissioner Wirkner.

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Following the speaker, the band performed the National Anthem. A three-volley salute to the veterans was done by VFW Post 4120 Honor Guard under the command of Paul VanMeter.

Minerva Middle School students Schmit and Kale Locklear performed Taps. Chaplain Rohr closed with the benediction.

Additional services were provided on Memorial Day at East Lawn Cemetery, Heritage Cemetery, Augusta and Moultrie.

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