Regional vets gather for Appreciation Dinner|
The older vets and their families came out for the Third Annual Veteran's
Appreciation Dinner at Arnoldsburg on Saturday, taking time to reflect on
their life and time in service to America.
The vets, their families and friends enjoyed a covered dish dinner, some
special entertainment and a afternoon of visiting.
Commander Albert Tanner welcomed the group for VFW Post 5959 and the
Ladies Auxiliary, who sponsored the event.
Cecil Sturm, oldest vet at 87
James Sandy, youngest vet at 30
The President of the Ladies Auxiliary Frances Tanner introduced the
Recognized for most years in service, at least 27, was James Horner. The
oldest veteran present was Cecil Sturm, 87, and the youngest, James Sandy,
Paul Thomas, a Veteran's Affairs Officer, and Delegate Bill Stemple
addressed the group, among other members of veteran's groups.
James and Florence Stanard visit from Hurricane
Emily is now 16 months old, daughter of Kenneth and Earnestine
A World War II glider pilot, James Stanard, 84, of Hurricane attended the
event with his wife Florence, who was a nurse in that war. Florence recently
attended the dedication of "The Women's Memorial," in Washington,
dedicated to all women who have served the military from the Civil War until
now. The Stanards are "newlyweds" of two years.
During the event, VA hospital van drivers were recognized, including Gail
Tanner, 412 hours; Roy Pursley, 232 hours; Paul Wilson, 216 hours; Delbert
Gainer, 72 hours; James Yoak, 24 hours and Paul Whytsell, 24 hours.
Deceased van drivers Jim Beecher, Rufus Honaker and John Falls were
Delegate Bill Stemple addresses group
The Whytsell Boys still strummin'
VFW 5959 officers, Albert Tanner, Commander; Paul Whytsell, Sr., Vice
Commander; Victor Whytsell, Jr., Vice Commander; Warren Kerby, Chaplain;
Ron Van Camp, Adrian Ball and Bill Stemple, Trustees; Paul Whytsell,
Service Quartermaster and Kenneth Lizinger, Quartermaster.
Ladies Auxiliary Officers, Frances Tanner, President; Aggie Whytsell, Sr.
Vice President; Kimberly Tanner, Jr. Vice President; Michele Smith,
Treasurer; Kimberly Tanner, Secretary; Marilyn Beecher, Chaplin; Sharon
Yeager, Guard; Geneva Makey, Linda Criss and Shirley Ball, Trustees.
Frances Tanner expressed appreciation for the donations of gifts and cash
to help with the program.
"We want our picture on The Herald"
Vets enjoy the afternoon
The afternoon entertainment