On Monday, May 31th, under a clear blue sky and the blessed shade of the venerable pecan trees on the Courthouse Square, approximately 200 folks gathered together to honor the memory of America’s military men & women who served to defend this great land.
Sterling Jordan, himself a WWII veteran and commander of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285, officiated, and during the ceremony, read the list of those individuals currently serving in the Armed Forces with ties to Mason County. The following individuals are also currently serving and will be added to future lists: Jordan Koepke, Amanda Adams, Mark Krause, Rhiannon Wood (Army Reserves). Additionally, Tyger Lyons is currently at West Point and will be commissioned next year upon graduation.
Pastor Gary Davel, River of Life Church, gave the invocation and benediction, asking God’s blessings on America’s veterans, currently serving military men and women, our great nation and the assembly. Chris Dyer, VFW, spoke about the responsibilities of Americans.
The Veterans Honor Guard fired a 21-gun salute to their fallen comrades and Taps was played. As always, the loud report of the Post’s WWI bolt-action rifles rattled the windows ‘round the Square and startled the folks just driving through Mason at that moment. The Veterans Honor Guard, for this event, included Mike Shanley, Lawrence Spell, Stanley Brown, Luke Airheart, Jerry Carlman, Boone Kemp & Greg Hankey.
The members of The American Legion Fort Mason Post 285 & Ladies Auxiliary would like to thank all those who came together today to honor America’s fallen heroes. Also, special thanks goes to the program participants and Daryl Watson, who operated the PA system. And, heartfelt thanks to the fine folks of Mason County, who do more than many to honor and support today’s veterans still serving. For God & Country!