Sunday, the Putnam County Commission and American Legion James E. Marshall Post 187, Winfield, hosted the annual Putnam County Veterans Appreciation Day.
The ceremony held at the Putnam County Judicial Building honored veterans who served and have sacrificed their lives for our country’s freedom. The Naval Sea Cadets opened ceremonies with the posting the Nation’s Colors and Winfield High School Marching Band student Marla Hopkins with the singing of the National Anthem.
Putnam County Commission President Ron Foster read a proclamation declaring Sunday, November 7, as Veterans Appreciation Day in Putnam County. Featured speaker was Mara Boggs, a US Army 82nd Airborne veteran and State Director for Senator Joe Manchin. She spoke on the defining moments which characterize those who have served and continue to serve.
The Winfield High School Band played the theme songs of each branch of military service. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Airforce, and Coast Guard veterans stepped forward as the band played their athems. The crowd attending responded with claps of applause.
Post 187 Commander Jim McDade read words of praise issued by President John F. Kennedy and other past heroes in honor of the men and women who have served “The land of the Free and Home of the Brave.”
James E. Marshall American Legion Post executed the 21-gun salute in closing ceremonies. Putnam Veterans Appreciation observance closed as the somber tones of Taps sounded out.