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Transcript of Major Paul Smith's keynote address: The Cost of Freedom

By Ed & Linda Waggener

The first ever VFW Memorial Day program at the new post campus at 500 Green Hills Road was everything one could hope for, with an excellent turnout, a wonderful address by Major Paul Smith (ret), and an unforgettable singing of the National Anthem by Barry Ross and Dick Scholl.



Approximately 75 were seated in the Hall, and an additional 15-30 were participating or standing, putting the estimated total attendance in the 90-105 range.

Platform participants were Commander Joe Hare, who conducted the program and gave a brief report on disheartening vandalism at Haven Hill Cemetery, but was upbeat about the turnout, the promise of a great keynote address to be expected, and let the audience know that no effort had been spared to streamline the outdoor portion of the ceremony and make it more comfortable without losing any of that segment's drama. And delivered on that.



And the legacy of the Moore family to provide audio for the occasion continued with Terry Moore in charge of that aspect, a tradition Commander Hare acknowledged.

Participating VFW members were Commander Hare and Chaplain Dick Scholl, Major Paul Smith, Charles Green, Noman Miller, Alan Robertson, Ronald Burton, Arvis Stapp, Ronnie Holt, Ron Woodrum, Orvis Grider, Jim Smallwood, Roy Kimbler, James Clark, and Sam Milby.

Ladies auxiliary member Trudy Crabb participated in the wreath laying ceremony.

In the past year the Post membership has been bolstered with several new members from out of county.



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Historic Day: First Memorial Day service at new VFW Post



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
It was perhaps the most moving Memorial Day service in the history of VFW Post 6097, which began inside the comfortable new VFW Post building and then moved to the outdoor ceremony, above. The occasion was well attended, with an estimated crowd of 75-100 coming as guests plus participants in the ceremony.

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Memorial Day at VFW 2018 - Major Paul Smith delivers keynote



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Major Paul Smith (ret), of Breeding, KY, delivered the keynote address, "The Cost of Freedom," at the Memorial Day Service at the VFW 6097 Post. He's a 22 year active duty military veteran who entered the service as a private, saw service in 27 foreign countries, and has been a resident of Adair County since 2012. He's an active participant in school programs in Adair, Cumberland, and Metcalfe Counties and elsewhere. Major Smith was given a standing ovation for his brief but eloquent address. Behind him, left, is baritone Barry Rose of the Roley Community of Adair County. - EW

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VFW Post Commander Joe Hare emcees 2018 Memorial Day Service



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
VFW Post 6097 Commander Joe Hare was the emcee of the first-ever Memorial Day Service in the new building. In a somber, tearful moment, he related an incident which had been discovered earlier at Haven Hill Cemetery, where someone had taken up and broken the staffs of approximately 100 flags which had been place on Veterans graves there by the Columbia Masonic Lodge and placed in a pile at the entrance to the cemetery. "Somebody is very disrespectful," he said, choking back tears, "It's sad." - EW

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VFW Memorial Day: Barry Rose & Dick Scholl's National Anthem



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed & Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
You may never have heard the national anthem unless you've heard it by Baritone Barry Rose, left, of Roley, and Dick Scholl, center, rendering the song in clear, simple and above all sincere voices like no others. VFW Quartermaster Ronnie Holt, right salutes the United States Flag. There wasn't a dry eye in the house afterward. - EW

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Bro. Raymond Martin and the true meaning of Memorial Day



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Gale Cowan.
"I caught this photo at the VFW Post 6097 Memorial Day Service today, Sunday, May 27, 2018. The program was over and everyone was just standing around talking. I just happened to look over and saw Bro. Raymond Martin saluting the American Flag. This is someone who understands the true meaning behind the holiday that most people just think of as a day off work and a long weekend. Please stop and think of the great sacrifice so many gave for our freedom. Thank you for your service Bro. Raymond Martin and all others who served and are still serving today." - GALE COWAN

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Memorial Day at VFW Post 6097 - A bright moment in changing skies



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The Memorial Day sky went through a rapidly changing repertoire Memorial Day, as if to remind us that, in Kentucky, if you don't like the weather, wait a few minutes. This bright, wandering lonely cloud fleck skies, though, was a favorite, showing of the hopeful mood of brighter days ahead in memorial day colors of vivid red, white, & blue & gray granite. - EW

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VFW Memorial Day Service: Firing party



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
The firing party, commanded by Ronnie Holt, rear, were positioned next to Green Hills Road. The seven member party included, in addition to Ronnie Holt, from left, Norman Miller, Dick Scholl, James Clark, Arvis Stapp, Alan Robertson, and Jim Smallwood. - EW

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Willard & Marsha Pritchard, Bro. Raymond & Steve Martin, Barry Ross



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Ed Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Walking toward the outdoor program at the Historic First Ever Memorial Day Program on the campus of VFW Post 6097, were, front, Willard & Marsha Pritchard, Bro Raymond Martin and son Steve Martin, and behind, Roley, KY baritone Barry Ross. - EW

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VFW Memorial Day 27 May 2018 - Laying wreaths



2018-05-28 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
VFW Post Commander Joe Hare prepares to place a flag during the wreath laying ceremony at the Memorial Day program Sunday, May 27, 2018.

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VFW Memorial Day 27 May 2018 - Charles Green, Bugler



2018-05-29 - VFW Post 6097 - 500 Green Hills Road, Columbia, KY - Photo by Linda Waggener, ColumbiaMagazine.com.
Charles Green, VFW Post 6097 Bugler, performed in his now traditional role as bugler during outdoor ceremonies at the first ever Memorial Day program at the event, Sunday, May 27, 2018. - EW

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