BUTLER TOWNSHIP — Dayton Memorial Park hosted its Veterans Day Ceremony on Wednesday, Nov. 11 with a variety of tributes.
William Hibner, President of the Dayton Memorial Park Cemetery Board of Trustees, said he is reminded daily of the sacrifices made by America’s veterans.
“We are priviledged to provide the final resting place for many of our local veterans,” he said. “We thank you and your families for your dedication to our country, for your service and for participation in today’s program.”
In the invocation, Chaplain Keith Gebhart gave thanks for “the men and women of valor who are honored today, their lives gifts to us from You — those who heard the call of their nation…” to bring the freedoms and liberties enjoyed by Americans and for their sacrifices.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Rodney Berlin, Butler Township Trustee Mike Lang addressed the gathering.
“It takes a special individual who is willing to give their life for our country,” said Lang. “Whether this holiday is marked by a parade, a moment of silence or a gathering such as this, we must never forget the brave men and women thru war and peace who have and who are fighting to keep our country safe.”
Lang said not only was he humbled by the 22 million veterans who make up the U.S. Armed Services, he said he was grateful for those who are close to him, including family and friends, for their service. He said his father served in the U.S. Air Force in the late 50s, his uncles were both veterans of the Viet Nam War, one serving three tours. He then cited co-workers who are police officers who served in the Army, Navy, Air Force and the Marine Corps.
“I am probably most humbled by my second cousin,” added Lang about this man who celebrated this year his 95th birthday and 70th wedding anniversary. “He landed in Normandy on D-Day plus one.”
“Today’s a day above all others, where we must single them out and give them thanks, not only as friends, family and neighbors, but as the fabric of this great nation,” said Lang about the vets in each of our circles.
A “Call To Honor” was held to honor the veterans interred at Dayton Memorial Park during 2015. Calling the names were County Commissioner Judy Dodge, a Dayton Memorial Park board member and chaplain Sandi Maynard. Coins were presented to the families of these veterans as well as to the families other other veterans by Berlin and Retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Col.Ralph King.
The ceremony concluded with “Amazing Grace” by Del Braund, of the Antioch Bagpipers and taps by Eric Knorr, retired from the U.S. Air Force and the benediction by chaplain Sandi Maynard.
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