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A Reminder of Veterans events Feb. 14, 2011

February 14, 2011, is also an Adair County Veterans Day

by Linda Waggener

Those of us who've never looked directly into the eyes of enemies of freedom, we who have not yet stood on the front lines of battle, can not do enough to support our Veterans who have done so. However, we can take this one small step in the right direction at a special event in their honor tomorrow morning, Monday, February 14, 2011.

At 8amCT, a Veterans Appreciation Breakfast will be held at the Adair Courthouse Annex, 424 Public SQ, Columbia, KY, hosted by Adair County Judge Executive Ann Melton and Columbia Mayor Mark D. Harris. Columbia City Councilman Robert Flowers will be the keynote speaker. Veterans and a guest are invited to the complimentary breakfast.

At 10amCT Veterans and guests and the public are invited to attend the dedication and unveiling of the Veterans' Memorial Bypass sign at the northern terminus of the Columbia Bypass. KY Senate President David Williams and a favorite Adair County daughter and Republican candidate for Secretary of State, Hilda Legg, will be speaking at this event.

Clicking this link Veterans List will take readers to a list of every single Adair County Veteran we have been able to research and recognize to date. welcomes the addition of more names as they are received and added to the list.

This posting is dedicated to the United States Army Veteran I honor most with my life, my father, Earl Reid Marcum, who fought in the Philippines during WWII, came home to settle in to helping his dad, William David Marcum, on the farm in Sulphur Well, KY, and was never really able to speak of what he'd experienced there.

When my brother Keith or I would explore his few personal items and ask him about a tattered sepia photo of an exotic person, a medal or a sea shell necklace he'd sent home to his mother, Dad would get a faraway look in his gentle brown eyes, offer a sad smile and patiently change the subject. I'm posting a photo of him along with his note. I miss you, Dad. -Linda

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Remembering Earl Reid Marcum, U.S. Army Veteran, WWII

2011-02-13 - Photo from the Marcum family collection. Sulphur Well, KY
Earl Reid Marcum, United States Army Veteran, WWII, lived through the experience of the war but was never able to speak much about it in the years afterward as he raised his family and worked to earn a living on his farm in northern Metcalfe County. He married Geniece Leftwich and they had three children, Linda Reid, Joseph Keith and Jane Todd. He is pictured here in the living room of the little house he and his father-in-law, Walter Scott Leftwich, built in the early 1950s. One of his favorite pastimes in addition to fishing was performing in David Froggett's local country music band that played regularly for a time at the Metcalfe Lake and Park. His smooth tenor voice still plays in the memory of his daughter, Linda, who sang along to songs like "There's a Goldmine in the Sky" and "Happy Days are Here Again" from the back seat during rides in his purple Studebaker. The latter was a very popular riding-down-the-road song when the family was out campaigning for Happy Chandler during a brief state job experience.

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