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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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