Everson honors veterans
“Every day should be Veterans Day,” said veteran George Sherbondy during Everson's Veterans Day program on Sunday at the Veterans Memorial located in the heart of the town.
“If you see a veteran today, thank him,” he said.
Everson has hosted a Veterans Day program at the memorial since it was erected in 2008.
Despite the blustery afternoon, a small crowd gathered to pay respect to veterans.
“Veterans Day is a designated holiday to honor living veterans and Memorial Day is a holiday to remember the veterans that have passed away,” said Mike Banaszak, Everson Borough Council president. “Every veteran has a story to tell but they all have a common thread. Some of the differences are that some volunteered while others were drafted. Some saw combat while others were in the service during times of peace. Some like to talk about their experiences while for others, it might be too painful.”
Invocation was delivered by the Rev. Kevin Murrel of Everson Evangelical Church. Pledge of Allegiance was led by members of Everson Boy Scout Troop 160.
Roxie Cupplo sang the national anthem. Keynote speaker was Scott Dzambo, an Iraqi War veteran.
“As Americans, we are fortunate to be here in this county,” Dzambo said. “As undesirable as war is, it is sometimes something that is necessary. We veterans know firsthand what it is like to be in another country that needs our assistance.”
Three flowers in red, white and blue were arranged in front of the memorial, a rifle salute was performed by the Everson/Scottdale honor guard and the names of veterans that are engraved on the memorial were read by veteran Tony Osip.
“The reciting of the names of the veterans is something special that has been done since the memorial was first dedicated,” Banaszak said.
“What a veteran wants is quiet appreciation or maybe just a simple thank you,” Banaszak said. “I think that would mean the most to them. If you see a veteran in Wal-Mart or in K-Mart, sometimes you see the older veterans with the black hats on that have the gold braiding that says what branch they were in or what war or conflict they fought in, or if you are behind a car that may be going a little slow, look at their license plate. It may say retired Marine or disabled veteran. In your head, give them a silent thank you and try to imagine everything that the veterans have been through.”
Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.
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