Daisy Hill veterans honored for their service to country
Five veterans who are residents at Daisy Hill Senior Living Community in Versailles were honored for their military service during a special program on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Members of American Legion Post 67 in Versailles presented each of the veterans with a commemorative coin thanking them for their military service as the special program came to a close. Legion members Dean Farris, Joe Gregory, Fred Stendel, Brian Wolf and Jerald Wash, alongside ladies' auxiliary members Kim Carmickle and Paula McGowan, joined Post 67 Commander Jerry Cooper to thank the veterans for their military service. "It's just what we do," said Cooper after the Veterans Day program at Daisy Hill Senior Living Community. Daisy Hill Executive Director Laurie Dorough presented each of the veterans with a certificate of appreciation for their military service after giving them an opportunity to share their military stories with those attending last Friday's program. Veterans John Hudson and John Lucas served their country during World War II. Hudson said he served in "a tank outfit" in the European theater, while Lucas talked about his service in the United States Army Air Corps. "I wanted to fly fighters, but they kept me on radar," he said. Don Walker served his country in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 during his 21 years in the United States Air Force. Jack Williams also served his country in Vietnam, from 1966 to 1967. "If it wasn't for our veterans - guys like me and other guys," said Williams, following the program at Daisy Hill, "we wouldn't be here. A lot of people should stop to realize that." He described his military service as his "patriotic duty." Fellow veteran J.L. Soyars, said, "I was one of the lucky ones. I didn't have to go to war. I served during peacetime." Also on hand for last week's Veterans Day program were Versailles City Councilman Owen Roberts, a veteran of the 101st Airborne, councilman-elect Mike Coleman and Mayor Brian Traugott, members of American Legion Post 67. "It truly is a great honor to be out here among men who were willing to sacrifice themselves to serve this nation that we all love," said Traugott. "So I am extremely grateful for the service that you have provided this country; for the 40 million veterans in the history of this nation; for the two million active duty and reservists that are currently putting on the uniform," he added.