A Veterans Day salute

As a Wood County citizen and American Legion Auxiliary Unit 15 member, I wish to thank everyone that participated in the Veterans Day parade and ceremonies held at the City Park. Area residents showed their appreciation by being part of the largest attendance seen in recent years. Respect and appreciation was shown to all veterans, past and present. It seemed as if every branch was represented from the World War II veterans to those currently serving.

My gratitude goes out to the organizers headed by American Legion Post 15 Commander Lee Starcher; secretary, Patsy Greiner, Unit 15 President; and the other committee members. A job well done! The parade was enjoyed by all ages. It was great seeing so many participants, including veterans, veterans’ organizations, civic groups, government representatives, ROTC, school bands and military units.

A big thank you goes out to Parade Marshal Frank Shepherd; featured speaker retired Brig. General Randy Kochersperger, city officials and other dignitaries. The crowd enjoyed the musical arrangements from the combined bands of Williamstown High, Parkersburg Catholic, Parkersburg High and Parkersburg South High Schools. Also the gun salute from the American Legion Post 15 color guard and the Carlin’s Battery cannon and the fly-over by the military helicopter.

My personal thank you to the Parkersburg News and Sentinel for their coverage of this year’s Veterans Day, especially the reprinting of a 1945 news article that featured my father and his brothers who served in World War II–the Dowler brothers.

In remembrance of my two personal veterans, the late Danny Ankrum, Army National Guard, and my late husband, 1Sgt James “Ed” McClung, U.S. Army retired.

With respect, honor and gratitude: Thank you, veterans for your service.

Dianne McClung

Mineral Wells