Memorial Day observance sees beautiful weather, large crowd

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Switzerland County hosted Memorial Day observances this past Monday under sunny skies at the Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the Switzerland County Courthouse. A large crowd attended this year’s ceremony, which was hosted by the Oscar L. Rosenberger VFW Post #5396.

The Vevay Music Club did a wonderful job of providing music during the event, including “The National Anthem” . Later during the program, the club performed a melody of the hymns of the different branches of the armed services, with veterans standing and being recognized as the song representing their branch of the military was sung.

Veterans in attendance from all wars were recognized; and emcee Paul Schmitt of the VFW post led a special POW/MIA observance in honor of those soldiers who were held captive or who have not been accounted for.

Members of the VFW Auxiliary were on hand to pass out flags and flag information.

Wayne Daugherty, veteran and retired teacher in Switzerland County, gave the invocation. He is currently on the Switzerland County School Board of Trustees, and is the pastor at Fredonia Baptist Church on Tapps Ridge. Sharon Schmitt of the VFW Auxiliary gave the history of the poppy and read the poem “In Flanders Fields”.

In his remarks to the audience, Wayne Daugherty spoke of the Civil War, in particular the Battle of Gettysburg, where more than 50,000 Americans – fighting on both sides - lost their lives. At the end of his remarks, he asked everyone to close their eyes and imagine the scene as he read Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address.”

At the conclusion of the ceremony, the County Honor Guard of the American Legion Post #185 and the VFW Post #5396 presented a 21-gun salute; and “Taps” was blown. The event closed with everyone, led by the Vevay Music Club, singing “God Bless America” together.