(10/18/2001)

Quartermaster Norv Nelson speaks to vets

"We are all Americans and care for each other," said VFW Quartermaster Norv Nelson, speaking at the second annual Veteran's Appreciation Day at Arnoldsburg. Vets from WWII, Korea and Vietnam attended the event. "Look around you and see the dwindling number of World War II veterans," said Nelson. "The torch is being passed to the rest of us," he said. "We can no longer just remember them on the battlefield."

Vets from three wars attend

Billy Trippett displays his Korean War Medal, recently issued

Delegate Bill Stemple told the group the Grantsville bridge is to be named after Congressional Metal of Honor recipient Bernard P. Bell, a native of Calhoun. A special event is planned for November 9. Stemple, a Vietnam vet, spoke of the need to advocate for veterans concerns.

The event was sponsored by VFW Post 5959 Ladies Auxiliary. A large group of vets and their families attended the dinner at the Arnoldsburg community park. Ladies Auxiliary President Kim Kerby and Secretary Frances Tanner, recognized VFW members who have worked with the organization.

VFW Post 5959 President, Paul Whytsell; Sr. Vice Commander, Albert Tanner; Jr. Vice Commander, Adran Bell; Quartermaster, Kenny Litzinger; Chaplain, Warren Kerby; three year trustee, Chuck Marcou; two year trustee, Donald Halvorsen; one year trustee, Ron VanCamp.

Ladies Auxiliary Officers, President Kim Kerby; Sr. Vice President, Sharon Yeager; Jr. Vice President, Aggie Whytsell; Treasurer, Michelle Smith; Secretary, Frances Tanner; Guard, Freda Whytsell; Conductress, Peggy Marcou; Chaplain, Marilyn Beecher, three year trustee, Linda Crites; two year trustee, Beth Jensen; one year trustee, Geneva Nicholson.

Active van drivers, Albert Tanner, Warren "Bud" Kerby, Paul Whytsell, Roy Pursley, Alma Graffus, Kim Kerby, Delbert "Bo" Gainer, Paul Wilson. Paul and Freda Whytsell are the coordinators.

The group remembered deceased members, Jim Beecher, Rufus Honaker, John Falls and Marva Barker.

Information is available regarding transportation to Clarksburg VA and the Parkersburg Clinic by calling 354-7185.

The Roberts (L) and Keaton (R) families attend

VFW never stopped saying the pledge

Frances Tanner introduces speakers

"The spread" in honor of the vets


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