Veterans Day Program Nov. 12
Plans are currently under way for the annual Fulton County Veterans Day ceremony to be hosted Monday, November 12, by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 655 and American Legion Post 561 of McConnellsburg.
To be held at McConnell Park at 11 a.m., the annual service will include words by special keynote speaker Col. Robert C. Campbell, according to master of ceremonies and VFW Post Cmdr. George C. Cutchall.
Col. Campbell was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Infantry through the United States Army’s Reserve Officers’ Training Corps in 1989. Since that time, Campbell has served in a multitude of command and staff positions during peacetime, disaster relief and combat as well as in light, motorized and airborne units in peace and wartime. Furthermore, he is a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan and participated in relief efforts in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.
Campbell is currently enrolled as a student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pa. Upon completion of his studies, he is slated to command one of the Army’s 37 combat brigades.
Awards and decorations bestowed on Col. Campbell include the Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation and Achievement medals, the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Senior Parachutist Badge, Air Assault Badge and the Ranger Tab.
Musical accompaniment during the Veterans Day ceremony will be provided by the Forbes Road and McConnellsburg high school bands. The bands are led by directors Ryan Wade and Greg Strine, who will be conducting the playing of “Taps,” the national anthem, “God Bless America” and other musical selections.
The Fulton Honor Guard led by Capt. Mike DeShong will perform the salute to the honored dead and retire the colors. The placing of the wreath will be performed by VFW and American Legion commanders. The presentation of the wreath is possible through a donation by the Decker family in honor and memory of Col. Chester Davis, USMC, Ret., and Charles C.A. Davis, USMC.
In addition to Cutchall serving as VFW post commander, Joyce Mellott is noted as being VFW Auxiliary president. American Legion officers are Post Cmdr. Bob Huffman, Auxiliary President Carol Singel, SAL Cmdr. John Rasp III and steward Tina Hall.
In the event of rain or inclement weather, the Veterans Day program will be relocated to the VFW on Poplar Street in Mc- Con-nellsburg Borough.
Refreshments will be served at VFW Post 655 following the ceremony. and searching the roads for improvised explosive devices.
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