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Veterans Day Program marks Eleventh Hour Ceremony

Posted: Wednesday, Nov 14th, 2012


American Legion Unit #12 President, Patricia Moore (left), and VFW Post #3081 Ladies Auxiliary President, Barbara Robison (right), listen closely as VFW Post #3081 Commander, Trenton Pauley (center) speaks about the importance of Veterans Day.


GRAFTON – What once was known as Armistice Day, Veterans Day has become a time-honored tradition in the United States as a day to honor all of those who serve to protect our freedom. Although Veterans Day is traditionally held on Nov. 11, this year the designated day for the holiday was moved to Nov. 12.

Armistice Day was brought about from the ending of World War I, the “War to end all Wars.” The ceasing of hostilities during World War I was on the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour. The ceremony, held every year at the Grafton National Cemetery, commemorates the 11th hour by the tolling of the bell 11 times.

The ceremony began, right after the Veterans Day Parade through downtown Grafton, with Wilson Ridge Church of Christ Evangelist, Bobby Jennings giving the invocation. Then, the Grafton High School Band performed “A Salute to the Military.” Past Commander of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #3081, David Robison, performed the tolling of the bell. Mary Poe, Grafton National Cemetery and West Virginia National Cemetery Director, Mary Poe welcomed veterans, and guests, and reminded everyone that the men and women sitting alone in the dark in a foreign country, are our future veterans, and thanked those brave individuals for their service.

The Taylor County Combined Color Guard was present at the cemetery to provide the Memorial Gun Salute. The salute came toward the end of the ceremony, after the guest speaker, Trenton Pauley, Lt. Col., United States Air Force (retired), delivered a rousing message about the day and about those that we honor.

Pauley went on to praise Grafton for its citizens’ dedication to honoring veterans.

Wreaths were presented by the speaker, Trenton Pauley VFW Post #3081 Commander, VFW Post #3081 Ladies Auxiliary President, Barbara Robison, American Legion Post #12 and Auxiliary Unit #12, and Central West Virginia Disabled American Veterans Chapter #24.

Five wreaths were not presented, as the veterans organizations are thinning in membership, according to Barbara Robison. The wreaths were Sons of the American Legion, Gold Star Parents, Ex-Prisoners of War, World War I Auxiliary, and Mothers of Veterans.

The ceremony concluded with Grafton High school band members Trevor Clarkson performing Taps, and Shyanne Elsey performing Echo.







For the complete article see the 11-14-2012 issue.

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