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Guest attendance doubles for VFW Memorial Day observance

Fred Troutman, a member of the post, delivers principal address
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By Joe Hare, VFW Post 6097 Commander

Memorial Day services at the VFW Post 6097 Hall and Monument for 2012 was a much better attended program in 2012 than in many years past. Attendance of guests was approximately double what it had been the year before.


There were nearly 50 in attendance to hear Fred Troutman deliver the principal address. This year for the first time, because of the oppressive heat, most of the program was held inside the hall.There were also more members of the growing host organization in attendance.For yesterday's program, Post Vice Commander Kris Knight, was the Honor Guard Commander.

Rifle Squad members were Brad West, Curtis Hardwick, Jim Smallwood, Kenneth Scott, and Ronnie Holt.

The Flag Bearers were Johnnie Biggs and Orvis Grider

Charles Green was the bugler.

Bro. Bill Davenport serves as the Post Chaplain.

The Veterans of Foreign Wars is an organization which is for the support for all veterans. There are service requirements that must be met to qualify an individual for membership,, but we support all veterans. Anyone who wishes to join may contact the local VFW at 270-384-3988 or see any member. For you, the veteran, the more members we have the stronger our voice is across the nation and with the government, so it is important that you be a member, if for no other reason. VFW Post 6097 Columbia and 6097 Ladies Auxiliary meets on the 2nd Thursday of each month at 7pmCT at the VFW Post Hall, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY. - Joe Hare, Commander.


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2012 Memorial Day Service - Columbia, Adair Co., KY



2012-05-27 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Memorial Day Services at the Columbia VFW Post 6097 were special this year, with only brief - but essential high points of the program held outside by the monument at the entrance to the fairground. Earlier, the crowd had convened in the air conditioned comfort of the VFW Post Hall next door for the introductions, prayers, and the main address by VFW Vice Commander Fred Troutman. The split venue was an innovation by Post Commander Joe Hare, who made the change in anticipation of the sweltering mid-90s late spring heat. Otherwise, it was a perfect day. Seen in the ColumbiaMagazine group on Flickr.

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Fred Troutman delivers principal Memorial Day address



2012-05-28 - VFW Post Hall, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Fred Troutman
delivered the Memorial Day address on May 27, 2012, inside the VFW Post Hall. The longer part of the program was held inside the air conditioned building this year, an innovation of Post Commander Joe Hare. Sunday was a beautiful day, but the first heat wave of the year had temperatures in the mid 90's.

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VFW Memorial Day Service, May 27, 2012



2012-05-28 - 411 & 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Jennie Shelpman.
Jennie Shelpman captures vignettes and moments
at the VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day observance Sunday, May 27, 2012. At left USMC Corporals Kris Knight and Dustin Corbin. Center President elect Trudy Crabb of the VFW Post 6097 Ladies Auxiliary, placing a wreath at the monument at the entrance of the Adair County Fairgrounds. And at right Flying the flags of the United States of America, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, and the Missing in Action/Prisoner of War (MIA/POW) flag. - Jennie Shelpman

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Joe Hare, Trudy Crabb, and Kris Knight



2012-05-28 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Commander Joe Hare speaks
left as VFW Ladies Auxiliary President Trudy Crabb and Post Vice Commander Kris Knight prepare to place wreaths.

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Firing Squad awaits commander's orders



2012-05-28 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Members of the VFW Post 6097 Firing Squad await commands of Firing Squad Commandere Kris Knight, left, USMC uniform The squad members are, not necessarily in order: Brad West, Curtis Hardwick, Jim Smallwood, Kenneth Scott, and Ronnie Holt.

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vignettes from Memorial Day, 2012



2012-05-29 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone.
Special moments at Memorial Day program for USMC Marine Mom Melissa Stone, included, left photo, son Kris Knight placing wreath at the monument to Adair Countians who made the supreme sacrifice, and right photo Kris Knight delivering salute. In the Center, Bugler Charles Green sounds Taps, with The Goodin School of Nursing building, the crown ofBegley Chapel, and Fugitte Science Center at Lindsey Wilson College in the background.

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