Debt of gratitude was theme at Legion’s Veterans’ Day ceremony

by Lisa Schauer

Alderton-Dawson American Legion Post 60 hosted its annual Veteran’s Day ceremony on Saturday, November 11 in Berkeley Springs.

Amid rousing patriotic speeches, anthems, and solum ceremonies, Americans gathered to pay respect and give gratitude to all members of the five military branches who have served or are currently serving to protect American freedoms and liberty at home and abroad.

An empty place setting was front and center, acknowledging American POWs and MIAs who never made it home.

Guest speaker West Virginia Senator Charles Trump spoke eloquently of the debt of gratitude owed to America’s military members. He reminded those in attendance that freedom can quickly vanish in one generation, and that the only thing standing between us and those who oppose us is the military and our veterans.

“Only the U.S. military stands in their way,” Trump concluded, alluding to current threats from dictators in Russia and China.

“Thank God such men and women were ever born,” Trump stated, acknowledging all American veterans.

A wreath ceremony followed, including representatives from the American Legion, POW-MIA, Purple Heart, Gold Star Mothers, American Legion Auxiliary, and the Daughters of the American Revolution.

A gun salute and “Taps” were performed by the American Legion Color Guard.

A wreath ceremony was at the centerpiece of the Veterans’ Day ceremony at the American Legion on Saturday, November 11. photos by Lisa Schauer
West Virginia Senator Charles Trump was the guest speaker at the annual Veterans’ Day ceremony held at the American Legion in Berkeley Springs on Saturday, November 11.
Shelly Champion-Blankenship sings “God Bless America” at the Veteran’s Day ceremony hosted by the American Legion on Saturday, November 11.
Army veteran Dick Voorhaar with Tri-state Honor Guard participated in the Veterans’ Day ceremony at the American Legion
The Tri-state Honor Guard performed a gun salute and “Taps” at the American Legion’s annual Veteran’s Day ceremony in Berkeley Springs on Saturday, November 11.

After the colors were retired, a simple lunch of bean soup and hot dogs was served and donated by members of the American Legion Auxiliary.