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Honoring those who served

| Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, 10:00 p.m.

The Veterans Day program for both Scottdale and Everson boroughs will be held Monday, the day after Veterans Day.

Barry Kramer, of the Scottdale VFW Post 7781, said those wanting to participate in the parade in Scottdale should arrive at Loucks Park between 10 and 10:15 a.m. and be ready to move out at 10:30 a.m.

The parade will head down Chestnut Street to the corner of Chestnut and Pittsburgh streets where the veterans will stop in front of Graft Jacquillard Funeral Home to hear a couple patriotic songs before continuing down Pittsburgh Street to the veterans monument at the corner of Pittsburgh Street and Broadway.

Services will begin at 11 a.m. and veterans with the Scottdale American Legion Post 240, the Scottdale V.F.W. Post 7781 and the Everson V.F.W. Post 595 will be taking part in the ceremonies and invite all veterans to join them.

The keynote speaker for the morning's event will be Craig A. Minnick, Lieutenant Colonel in the Army Reserves.

Minnick was commissioned in the U.S. Army in 1991 as a Judge Advocate officer. His active duty assignments included the Sixth United States Army at the Presidio of San Francisco; the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions at Fort Stewart, Ga.; and Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md.

He entered the U.S. Army Reserve in 1998 and his assignments have included the 464th Chemical Brigade in Johnstown; the 220th Military Police Brigade in Gaithersburg, Md.; the 411th Engineer Brigade in New Windsor, N.Y.; and the 412th Theater Engineer Command in Vicksburg, Miss.

Minnick served as the Acting Commander for the 464th Chemical Brigade for four months in 2008 and currently serves as the Deputy Commander for the 13th Legal Operations Detachment in Upper Marlboro, Md.

As part of his military career, he also served as the senior legal adviser for the 220th Military Police Brigade from February 2003 to February 2004 during Operation Iraqi Freedom. His duties were to provide advice on the laws of armed conflict under the Geneva and Hague Conventions and the Uniform Code of Military Justice to a brigade with more than 6,000 soldiers.

Minnick also served as the senior legal adviser for the U.S. confinement facility and was the brigade's legal liaison to British Military Police forces. In addition, he was a member of a military tribunal under the 3rd Geneva Convention and conducted hearings for Iraqi prisoners of war.

The Veterans Day Service in Everson will begin at 2 p.m. with Air Force veteran and former mayor of Scottdale Patricia Walker as keynote speaker.

The Everson Boy Scout Troop 160 will participate along with veterans with the Scottdale American Legion Post 240, the Scottdale V.F.W. Post 7781 and the Everson V.F.W. Post 595.

Jessica Kramer will sing the National Anthem, Leslie Yoders will play taps and Taney Basinger will sing the “Battle Hymn of the Republic.”

Kevin Murrell of Everson Evangelical Church will give the invocation, Tony Osip will read the names of the veterans on the honor roll and Fr. John Sedlak of St. Joseph's Catholic Church will give the benediction.

Afterward, everyone is invited to the Everson V.F.W. for light refreshments.

Rachel Basinger is a freelance writer.