2008-11-13 / Front Page

Military Memor ies Honors Veterans

Display opened, membership club forming
By Chanin Rotz-Mountz STAFF WRITER

Needmore area resident and military veteran Jeff Hampton (far right) fields questions from a panel of high school students and members of the audience during a recent public forum and military memorabilia display at Fulton Antiques. Needmore area resident and military veteran Jeff Hampton (far right) fields questions from a panel of high school students and members of the audience during a recent public forum and military memorabilia display at Fulton Antiques. Every photo and tour album as well as each medal on display told an individual story. Many of those same stories were shared during the Fulton Fall Folk Festival as part of a memorabilia display organized by the recently formed, nonprofit organization known as Military Memories.

Coordinated by Harrisonville resident Amanda Daniels, Military Memories was created in hopes of paying homage to our local veterans and educating our youth about the the United States military past and present.

According to Daniels, the phrase, 'we support our troops' must surely be a sincere statement expressed by Fulton County residents when looking back at the community's overwhelming support on the debut of her project.

Daniels stated almost 300 individuals donated items belonging to themselves or loved ones, with memorabilia ranging from photographs and tour albums to uni- forms. Those memories were in turn put on display in Fulton Antiques located along Lincoln Way East, Mc- Connellsburg, during the annual Fulton Fall Folk Festival held in mid- October.

"Many individuals gathered throughout the weekend to pay tribute in our museum-like atmosphere," said Daniels.

In addition to organizing the military items for public display, Daniels also offered area high school students and community residents a chance to witness to a Memorial Service and question-answer forum. Assisting Daniels during the service and forum was Needmore area resident Jeff Hampton, who, in following family tradition, served in the United States Marines between 1982 and 1988. Also on hand to field questions was Rev. Phil Bailey, who served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and Charles Crumpton, who participated in the Korean War and World War II as a member of the U.S. Navy.

Panelists representing the Central Fulton, Forbes Road and Southern Fulton school districts included Rachel Porterfield, Casey Pollock, Elania Truax and Lindsay Berkstresser. "Each one of these students were very prepared and professional, making great spokespersons from each school. The floor was also open for the veterans to answer questions from the audience," noted Daniels.

McConnellsburg resident Leroy Vickroy, a World War II veteran, wrapped up the weekend's festivities by presenting Military Memories with a framed poem entitled "What The Flag Means To Me."

Daniels related that with the debut of Military Memories behind her she is moving forward with scheduling future events and organizing a membership club. She is also continuing to accept donated items for the Military Memories display from individuals who may have missed out on submitting items for the Fulton Fall Folk Festival.

Photos can be mailed to Military Memories at 12077 Sipes Mill Road, Harrisonville, PA 17228. Information may also be obtained directly by contacting Daniels at 717-860-0914.

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