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‘ALL HAVE GIVEN’: Veterans honored across Pike County

“All veterans,  regardless of their service have given something to this country,” Commander Bob McLendon of American Legion Post 70 told guests gathered at Bicentennial Park on Monday. ” This is a day to reflect on the blessings of our liberty. We must never forget; we cannot rightfully celebrate the joy of freedom without the reminder of the price that has been paid for that freedom.”

The crowd was gathered to recognize and honor the service of all American veterans, especially Pike County veterans.

“There’s one common thread between all veterans: service, sacrifice and love for country” said Randy Ross, Pike County Veteran Affairs officer.

“So few right now are doing so much, and it is so important for us to stop and appreciate our veterans,” said Mayor Jason Reeves. “There is nothing more important, today and every day. Make every day Veterans Day.”

Five Pike County veterans who have passed away were honored with the placing of flags in the avenue of flags a the park. The honored veterans were Specialist Keith Dewayne Ealey, Corporal Roy Mitchell, Chief Master Sergeant Otis Stone, Chief Petty Officer Bennie L. Green and Sgt. William Register.

Family members of the deceased veterans were assisted by members of the Charles Henderson High School JROTC in placing the flags. The veterans’ names have also been added to the wall of honor at the park.