Photo by Patrick Mulvihill
PASTOR CARL CASEY, an American Legion Post 22 commander, leads a prayer for fallen troops at a Veterans Day memorial ceremony at Anderson’s Tribute Center Wednesday morning.
As of Tuesday, November 17, 2015
A Veterans Day ceremony at Anderson’s Tribute Center brought in several dozen audience members Wednesday for a morning of reflection and tribute to the men and women who put their lives on the line for what they believed.
The event, “Honoring All Who Served,” was a group effort by American Legion Post No. 22, Cub Scout Packs No. 282 and 378 and Boy Scout Troup No. 386, with a reception by Daughters of the American Revolution, Celilo Chapter.
Cub Scouts, well suited for a patriotic display in their neat blue jackets, greeted visitors who came through the front door and handed them tiny flags.
With the toll of a metal bell, and the flicker of a white candle burning to commemorate the nation’s fallen veterans, the ceremony began.
Jon Harris, a recently christened Eagle with Boy Scout Troop 386, led the event with words of welcome, introductions of speakers, and a poem by Taylor Weinman in tribute of U.S. veterans.
“The white stars on blue background with red and white stripes remind me of these veterans, who all risked their lives…just so the people of the U.S. could all live in peace and be free. These are the heroes that represent you and me,” recited Harris.
Other highlights included patriotic hymns sung by Michael Adkins (with a considerable portion of the audience singing along in unison), a Vietnam War tribute video introduced by DAR regent Ellen Hopkins, and a spoken performance of “The Ragged Old Flag” by Nick Kirby of the Hood River Elks Lodge.
Kirby delivered the 1974 Johnny Cash piece with gusto, and — sans musical accompaniment — his voice took on an ominous quality.
Pastor Carl Casey, who serves Parkdale Nazarene Church and American Legion Post No. 22 as a commander, delivered the invocation and closing prayer.
“This day again we remember those who have come before us and have given their all for our nation, for our freedom for which it stands,” Casey said. “We affirm that we must continue to carry the burden of their sacrifice so that we do not lose sight of what true freedom is.”