By Evelyn Long
June 3, 2014
Rick Jones asked those attending the Fulton Memorial Day service, to “Put your hand on the tombstone of a veteran and thank them. Take a look at the names - they represent something special.”
“There are times when we need to be reminded of our purpose for being here today,” said Jones, who has interviewed hundreds of veterans
His message included quotes by Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln related to our liberties. “Our veteran have stepped forward and said they would preserve those liberties.”
He also referenced the battlefields of the Civil War such as Gettysburg “where people who visit there notice the awesome silence.” He noted other battle areas including Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the USS Memorial. He said the Arizona is the final resting place for 11 veterans. He was fortunate to interview the last man off of the Arizona that December 7 morning. “He was 18 and the only thing that saved him was the extra sheeting on the floor. His body was 80 per cent burned and he used to rope to drop to safety.”
He also focused on the Normandy landing on June 6, 1944, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, the war on terror, where “Our soldiers go to preserve our peace.”
“These are the sacrifices our veterans have paid - an enormous price.” He urged his listeners to “Register and vote - that way we have a say.”
Once again, he complimented the Cardington-LIncoln High School marching band as “the Veterans Band.”
Giving the Gettysburg Address was Courtney Tucker and Nancy Ciccone gave Logan’s orders.
Taps were played by senior band member Tyler Kirkpatrick. Others participating were Pastor Jerry Stephens, Vineyard Church of Morrow County; David Coutz, Fulton Nazarene Church and Mayor Terri Hickman.
Members of Jenkins-Vaughan Post 97 of the American Legion’s Rifle Squad paid tribute to deceased veterans. Bruce Fissell was Sergeant-at-Arms. Members of the SAL Squadron 97 raised the flag.
The American Legion family of Post 97 pays tribute to deceased veterans Howard Fuson, Gerald Neptune, Dan Walter, Bob Miller, and Doyle Smith at the Veterans Park in the Community Park.