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VFW Post 6097 provides wonderful Memorial Day program

Bro. Raymond Martin delivers address. Large crowd in attendance
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By Melissa Stone

Once again Columbia VFW Post 6097 put together a wonderful Memorial Day Remembrance Ceremony.

A large crowd was in attendance and as they did last year, most of the event was held inside the air conditioned building with the color guard, the gun salute, the playing of taps and the laying of wreaths being held outside at the monument.

During his address, Raymond Martin referenced the names on the monument several times.

The monument at the entrance to the fairgrounds contains this statement: "Honoring all who served and dedicated to the memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice..."

For those who have loved and/or served with a military member who has been lost in his or her service to their country, no special day or service is necessary to remember.

For everyone else, today is the day set aside for us to pay tribute to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our great nation.

Here is the list of names from the monument of the Adair Countians who made that sacrifice:

World War 1: Ballou, Carley - Biggs, Jacob - Blair, Estill - Brown, Wilbert - Bryant, Robert - Burbridge, Rollin - Hardin, Charlie Elbert - Humphress, Walter E. - Jackman, Clarence T - Lasley, Virgil - McQueary, John S. - Melson, William O.- Moss, Chapman - Parnell, Bradford - Phipps, Jesse J. - Powell, Benjamin - Royse, Bryan - Smith, Deed - Smith, John L. - Turner, Wesley - Wheat, Joseph T. - Wilson, William - York, Melvin Guy.

World War 2: Acree, F. Ross - Allen, Earl - Badge, R. Dallas - Bennett, Kenneth R. - Bottoms, Edward C. - Bryant, Gilbert L. - Burton, Harold B. - Cape, Arlin - Cofer, Charlie W. - Cook, William D. - Coomer, Raymond B. - Conover, James W. - Cundiff, William R. Edrington, Wilbur M. - Enyard, Bernard L. - Floyd, James M. - Giles, Vince - Gilpin, Herbert - Grider, Edward - Harmon, Edwin M. - Harper, Alfred - Hughes, Duard D. - Humphress, Forest R. - Johnson, Lee B. - Joines, William B. - Judd, Emanuel - Kerns, Glen - Lawless, Curtis T. - McClister, Oliver E. - Nardine, Marion P. - Perkins, Russell - Pollard, Lester L. - Reliford, Charles W. - Redmon, Otis E. - Roberts, Owen F. - Robninson, Ivan S. - Rogers, Avery C. - Rubarts, Elmer R. II - Ship, Gene K. - Shirley, Archie W. - Stone, Clyde H. - Thrasher, William - Todd, James H. - Troutman, Robert A. - Willis, Ray G. - Wheat, Doyle Adamson, Kenneth - Austin, Garnett C. - Cole, Newman Leon - Campbell, David E. - Farris, Marvin H. - Grant, James Hindman - Harmon, William T. - Jessie, William P. - Kerns, Rufus - Sparks, Carl Clyde - and Thompson, Tyler L.

Korean War: Alexander, Wallace - Curry, Henry L. - Day, Billie W. - Hayes, James P.

Vietnam: Biggs, David 0. - Curry, William R. - McGowan, Francis R. - Turner, William C.

- Melissa Stone

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Commander Joe Hare speaks at Memorial Day program

2013-05-27 - VFW Post 6097, 411 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. Commander Joe Hare speaks to the large crowd gathered for the May 26, 2013, Memorial Day program. - Melissa Stone
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Memorial Day 2013

2013-05-27 - 413 Fairground Street, Columbia, KY - Photo by Melissa Stone. The Columbia VFW color guard firing the three round volley were Dick Scholl, Robbin Woodrum, Buddy Green, Curtis Hardwick, Jim Smallwood, Dustin Corbin, and Ronnie Holt. They were being directed by Color Guard Commander, Kris Knight. Other members of the color guard who are not in the picture are Orvis Grider who carried the American flag, Johnny Biggs who carried the VFW flag, Buddy Green, the bugler, and Bill Davenport, who led the closing prayer. - Melissa Stone
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