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Letters to the Editor: A Public Forum
Veterans Day
Chair, Mason County Historical Commission
Wednesday, November 20, 2013 • Posted November 21, 2013

Dear Gerry,

What a moving Veterans Day Ceremony we had in Mason! That was the largest crowd I’ve seen there since moving here 17 years ago! Thanks to the VFW, the Mason High School Band and Band Director, to the 3rd Graders who performed a medley of patriotic songs and to their teacher Dawn Hahn. I’d also like to thank Brenda Kothmann at The Petal Patch for the beautiful wreath placed at the memorials. And, just as a side note, I recently found out that this is something she does several times a year free gratis to honor the Mason County veterans, so if you see her, be sure and give her a big THANK YOU! I’d also like to thank Historical Commission member Crockett Keller for all his work over the past two years in order to have our newest monument unveiled during the ceremony. It was a very moving time as Ms. Mary Wyscarver, mother of Staff Sgt. Joseph Fankhauser, who was killed in the line of duty on April 24, 2012 while serving in the Helmad Province of Afghanastin, to unveil the monument. Joseph graduated from Mason High School in 2000 and this was a very fitting and special way to honor him for the ultimate sacrifice he made for his country. His name is included on this newest monument along with 35 others. (The Mason County Historical Commission will continue to take names of Mason County veterans whose names are not on any other monument on the courthouse square. There will be more information forthcoming as how to do this and the cost).

Again, I thank everyone who made the effort to come out and honor not only our Mason County veterans, but ALL veterans who have served their country with honor. We will be forever grateful for the sacrifices they have made for our freedom.

Jan Appleby

Chair, Mason County Historical Commission

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