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Honor Guard Seeks New Members

November 10, 2013
By JIM COCHRAN , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Among those participating in the Veterans Day program Monday in Moundsville will be the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard.

The unit is composed of individuals who realize all military persons have the right to have an honorable and dignified funeral service.

It is not only for the military person that is being honored, but, also, to let their families understand that their loved one served their country with honor.

Currently the membership of the Honor Guard is comprised of 18 members. They are:

Jack Anderson, Phillip Cameron Sr., Phillip Cameron Jr., Bill Burkett, Gary Jenkins, Mike Haynes, Mike Kuzma, Joe Little, Donald Loy, Vince Lucido, Mike Schott, Tom White, Ollie Huggins, Bob Stern, Doug Foster, Elsworth Scherich, John Wayt and Joe Frey.

These men have over the past few years taken part in average of 120-135 funerals a year. This year they have been asked to be part of 115 funerals, and thus they need additional veterans to volunteer to be members.

Anyone who is retired from the military, a reservist, or a member of the Sons of the American Legion is eligible to be a member of the Honor Guard.

The Moundsville Honor Guard, when asked, will be a part of funerals within a radius of 50 miles from Moundsville.

In addition, to participating in funeral services, they take part in events such as Veterans Day and Memorial Day, and also, throughout the year visits to schools to explain about the American Flag.

The Honor Guard meets the third Wednesday of the month at Earl Francis American Legion Post No. 3.

Speaking of the Veterans Day program, it will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday at Central Elementary School.

Pastor Ronald M. McCoy, a lifelong resident of Moundsville and a member of the Untied States Marine Corps, will be the speaker. He is a graduate of Moundsville High School and Liberty University, where he graduated with a B.S. degree in religion. He served in the USMC from 1956-58 at Camp Lejeune, N.C., and has been pastor of the Cameron Baptist Church for past 15 years. He is active in the community as a member of the Cameron Rotary Club, serves as an assistant scoutmaster for Troop 77, coaches Colt League Baseball and is first vice president of the West Virginia Convention of Southern Baptists. He and his wife, the former Sandra Bonar, have been married for 53 years. They have two children, five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The Moundsville Middle School Band, under the direction of Sue Lewicki, will provide the music for the program, including the National Anthem and the armed services songs. Dylan Davolio will sing a special song titled, "Soldiers and Jesus" in memory of his grandfather Larry "Patch" Bratton, who passed away recently and in honor of local Veterans.

Also, members of Cub Scout Pack No. 79 and Boy Scout Troop No. 79 will be on the program, which will conclude with the laying of flowers and a 21-gun salute.

The public is invited to attend.

The 20th annual Christmas Tree Gala Kickoff will be Thursday at St. Jude Hall in Glen Dale.

Light Up Night will begin with a Business After Hours event at 5 p.m. However, those just wishing to view the tree lighting should come at 6 p.m.

The public can also view the trees, free of charge, from 1-6 p.m. on Nov. 19 and Nov. 22.

This year's Tree Gala will consist of 26 trees, each decorated by individuals, and those associated with organizations and businesses.

The trees will be sold at auction at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 5.

Part of the proceeds from the auction will benefit the Feeding Body and Soul Community Kitchen operating out of Simpson United Methodist Church.

Anyone wanting additional information dealing with the Tree Gala can call the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce at 304-845-2773.

There has been a change in the Community Thanksgiving Dinner in Moundsville.

For the past four years it has been held at Grand Vue Park. However, this year it will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day at Bob's Lunch in Moundsville.

Grand Vue Park's involvement this year will consist of donating canned goods and money to both the Feeding Body & Soul Community Kitchen at Simpson United Methodist Church on the day before Thanksgiving, and the Bob's Lunch Thanksgiving Dinner. GVP General Manager Craig White also plans to help in anyway he is needed on those two days.

The Feeding Body & Soul Community Kitchen on the day prior to Thanksgiving will be serving meals during the usual hours, while on Thanksgiving Day Bob's Lunch will be providing meals from 1-4 p.m. There will be no take outs on either day.

Grand Vue Park will be hosting the sixth annual Turkey Trot 5K Run beginning at 9 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day.

For additional information on this event contact White at 304-845-9810, extension 404.

The final figures on last month's county-wide recycling undertaking sponsored by the Marshall County Commission and the Marshall County Solid Waste Authority were: electronics, 12,000 pounds; white goods, $6,940 pounds; and tires, 1,460.

 
 

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