Veterans honored at memorials on Midelburg Island

Debbie Rolen drolen@civitasmedia.com

November 12, 2013

The sun was shining and skies were bright blue for the annual celebration of Veterans Day, which takes place at the Doughboy Monument on Midelburg Island in front of Logan Middle School.

This year’s celebration included the American Legion Post 19 of Logan; the American Legion Post 103 of Chapmanville; the Veterans of Foreigh Wars Post 6153 of Chapmanville; the Disabled American Veterans Post 39 of Harts and the Marine Corps League Detachment 577 of Logan.

Charles Stone, who has served as Commander of Post 19 and serves at the district level, served as master of ceremonies for today’s celebration.

Stone offered a prayer, the colors were presented and a moment of silence was observed, little Miss Anna Martin led the Pledge of Allegiance and Linda Gore sang the national anthem.

While the crowd waited for Logan Mayor Serafino Nolletti to come to the podium, Stone told the crowd why Veterans Day is celebrated on November 11.

“The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, that’s when the armistice ending World War I was signed in 1918, and that is the origin of Veterans Day,” said Stone.

Mayor Nolletti welcomed everyone to the celebration, “I want to thank everyone for coming to Logan this morning to honor our veterans. We want to thank you guys for everything you have done for us. It is an honor to be here. We look forward to seeing you all inside after the ceremony for a spaghetti dinner, which is being provided by the Kiwanis Club.”

Stone introduced W.Va. State Senator Art Kirkendoll.

“This is my third ceremony today. I just got back from D.C. trying to fight for jobs. I look around here today and see the people who have been standing up for freedom. We shouldn’t take it for granted. I can tell you that the people in this area are the most respectful people I know—how they honor the veterans day by day. Even the ROTC program, which has been re-instituted in Chapmanville. It is my understanding that over 200 kids have signed up. That tells me that the people in this area appreciate freedom, they want to be free and they want to learn how to maintain it. America has always been smart enough to take care of those at home, they worry about their families, that’s what makes an American veteran the most special person in the world.”

Kirkendoll went on to thank the Logan County Commission who worked with the Kiwanis to provide dinner.

Next, the honor guard fired three volleys and taps was played. The colors were retired and the ceremony was concluded.