Veterans Honored Here
Hailing from the Appalachian Mountain range, Col. Fogg stated his drive to McConnellsburg was reminiscent of being at home even though his own home town is much smaller than the borough, where spectators lined the sidewalks and VFW parking lot for the November 11 remembrance.
Having logged 23 years of service to the country with the United States Army, serving in Somalia, Haiti and twice in Iraq, Fogg pointed out our nation owes a great debt to its veterans.
“Through courage and sacrifice, America’s veterans have secured the liberty of our great nation for over 230 years,” the colonel told the crowd. “Whenever and wherever the nation has called – in times of darkness and danger as well as in times of peace and prosperity – America’s veterans have been there and proudly executed their duty.”
Fogg went on to discuss the changes to Veterans Day, which was declared a national day of remembrance in 1919 by then-president Woodrow Wilson. The observance originally recognized the armistice ending World War I and has evolved into honoring veterans of all wars as well as those who served in times of peace. Less than 1 percent of all Americans currently serve in the military.
“We should be very proud of these few that they have stepped forward and are willing to sacrifice in ways that, most likely, will never be known,” Fogg stated. “Veterans, no matter where or when you served, you represent us all – every veteran from every era. We honor you today in remembrance of those who served in every American war and in places like Trenton, Gettysburg, San Juan Hill, the trenches of France, Anzio, the beaches of Normandy, Guam, the Korean peninsula, Vietnam, Panama, Somalia, Haiti and now in Iraq and Afghanistan.”
A holiday for some, Fogg concluded Veterans Day has a different meaning for many others, whether it’s feeling the absence of a love one; a day of recovery for the wounded; or a day of grief and loss renewed.
“It is far more important we spend this day and every day rejoicing in our veterans’ service and remind ourselves that because of them our country still prospers; our founding principles still shine; and nations around the world that once knew nothing but fear now know the blessings of freedom,” he concluded.
The 11 a.m. ceremony was overseen by master of ceremonies and VFW Post Cmdr. Stewart Copeland. The Fulton Honor Guard headed the salute to the honored dead and retired the colors, while Kay McBeath placed a wreath on the memorial.
Special music, including the national anthem, “This is My Country” and “God Bless America” was performed by the combined Forbes Road and Mc- Connellsburg high school bands. “Taps” was played by McConnellsburg trumpet player David Mellott.