Under a beautiful sunny fall sky, WVMP conducted its annual Veterans Day ceremony honoring all who served in the US military.
At 11:11 am local time, former US Army captain and incoming WVMP Board Chairman John Offerman rang the Park ceremonial bell to begin the commemoration.
The event emcee was WVMP temporary Board Chairman Bryson Allen, a former Marine, himself a VietNam combat veteran.
Retired US Army Chief Warrant Officer and WVMP chaplain Charles Eaton gave the invocation. A color guard from McConnell AFB presented the colors and the flag salute.
“What does it mean to be a ‘veteran’” was the keynote address made by 1SGT Robert White of the local US Army Recruiting Command, himself a combat veteran who earned both parachute wings and the Combat Infantry Badge and Master Infantry Badge.
A rifle team from the Air Capital Detachment of the Marine Corps League fired the traditional three-volley salute (aka the “three rifle volley”) honoring the fallen. WVMP Vice Chairman Dale “Doc” Holsey, who served as a Fleet Marine Force Corpsman in the VietNam War and flew MEDEVAC flights, commanded the rifle team.
As the sound of the last volley of the rifle salute faded, Don E. Hansen began playing “Taps” on the trumpet the ceremony closed with.