Veterans of military service share a unique bond. Many will say that when the chips were down in battle, they weren't fighting for their country as much as for their comrades in arms.
Few experiences are as moving as witnessing a formal military funeral. It is the last service those in uniform can provide for their brothers and sisters in arms.
A group of local residents - the Moundsville Veterans Honor Guard - does its best to ensure that when a veteran or a member of his or her family wants military graveside honors, they are provided. Services by the Honor Guard often are a great comfort to the families of deceased veterans.
Last year, they performed 136 funerals in West Virginia, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 2012, they handled 134 funerals.
Now they need help.
I normally don't use this space to promote worthy cause fundraisers. There are simply too many of them, almost always for truly good organizations. But Memorial Day weekend seems like an appropriate time to make an exception.
Honor Guard members transport their equipment and sometimes themselves in a 15-year-old van. Maintenance costs are becoming prohibitive. They'd like to buy a new vehicle. They need help to pay for it.
Now, I could write more on the subject, but I think I know how most folks who read this column feel. I don't think I need to say anymore.
Send your donations to:
800 First Street
Moundsville, WV 26041.
Newspapering is a demanding business. To do it well, you need to have a deep passion for it.
One of the most dedicated, capable weekly newspaper editors I've known, Patricia Block of New Martinsville, passed away last week. She was 77.
It was my privilege to work with her - and at times to compete against her - while she was editor of the Wetzel Chronicle several years ago.
Pat and her husband Ken did many kind things for individuals. She did much in many ways for her community and the Ohio Valley. And for years, she was something many mere "journalists" never accomplish: She was a newspaperwoman.
To those of us in the field, that means something very important. It certainly did for the good people of Wetzel County, too.
Myer can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org.