2018-05-31 / Front Page

County Honors Fallen

By Cassidy Pittman
STAFF WRITER


Fulton County civilians and veterans gather on Memorial Day at the Fulton County courthouse to honor those that have fallen in service to their country. Fulton County civilians and veterans gather on Memorial Day at the Fulton County courthouse to honor those that have fallen in service to their country. “What I want to do, to begin with, is to discuss the American spirit, which binds men’s souls in the pursuit of liberty,” was one of the first sentences in U.S. Army Colonel Nick Kioutas speech Monday morning at 10 a.m. at the Union Cemetery Memorial Day observance.

Col. Kioutas was joined by McConnellsburg VFW’s Cmdr. George Cutchall, McConnellsburg American Legion’s Cmdr. Ernie Souders, and Rev. Neil Ray from the McConnellsburg Lutheran Parish to honor all those that have fallen for our country. The day started with a special musical performance by the McConnnellsburg High School Spartan Band directed by Greg Strine.

After an invocation given by Rev. Ray, Cutchall gave opening remarks on the importance of the day before introducing Col. Kioutas, a soon-to-be graduate of the Army War College in Carlisle. Upon graduation, he will assume command of the Army’s Program Management Office for Positioning, Navigation, and Timing, where he will be responsible for developing the Army’s future Global Positioning System (GPS) capabilities.


U.S. Army Col. Nick Kioutas shakes Rev. Neil Ray’s hand as VFW Cmdr. George Cutchall and American Legion Cmdr. Ernie Seiders applaud the Memorial Day invocation at Union Cemetery. U.S. Army Col. Nick Kioutas shakes Rev. Neil Ray’s hand as VFW Cmdr. George Cutchall and American Legion Cmdr. Ernie Seiders applaud the Memorial Day invocation at Union Cemetery. In his speech, he spoke of the importance of Memorial Day, initially called Decoration Day, and how the holiday has passed on a tradition of national awareness and reverence of all military men and women that have given their lives to an ideal larger than themselves. He also honored the stories of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Szwydek, Army Staff Sgt. Christopher Cutchall, and Army Chief Warrant Officer Jonathan C. Helman and their heroic efforts and willingness to serve our country.

“Liberty is America’s spirit, an ideal and a flaming beacon freely sharing its light with all nations. This spirit is not measured by the totality of its fulfillment at a moment in time, rather it is measured by its depth and its sacrifices toward realization….Liberty is an unquenchable spirit that also lives in the heart of all people…” ~ U.S. Army Colonel Nick Kioutas.

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