Parker: On October 3, 2020, VFW Post 7073 and American Legion Post 598 of Parker assembled to honor veterans who have passed away since February of this year. The posts were in a quandary as to how to proceed with these services in light of the Pandemic and restrictions placed by the CDC and State Department of Health.
The posts met at Eau Claire Cemetery at 0900 on stated Saturday and performed the standard veteran memorial ceremony as if it were conducted at time of funeral. Honored were William “Bill” Montgomery, US Army, Viet Nam, his brother Robert “Bob” Montgomery, USAF, and all veterans buried in cemetery. The late Cliff Barger’s brother Ralph, USMC - Iwo Jima WWII was also recognized although buried in Rimersburg Cemetery. The group then moved to Allegheny Cemetery to honor William “Bill” Eiler, US Army -Korea and William “Bill” McCoy, US Army Europe, and all veterans buried at Allegheny. Comrade Richard “Dick” Slaughenhoupt was honored at the Methodist Church yard earlier at his memorial service in July as all restrictions were able to be followed then.
The Posts are conducting a joint Veterans Day Service at 11:00 AM on Wednesday, November 11, 2020 at the Veterans Memorial in front of Parker Personal Care Home.There is plenty of area to practice distancing and the wearing of masks - no matter what mandates at that time. We as Veterans must honor Veterans Day no matter of the Pandemic or not. Patriotism is slipping away, whether we want to admit it or not. Surely there are enough veterans in the area that can attend this simple, but patriotic service, that honors those who have served in uniform - war time or not. You NEED NOT be a member of the VFW or American Legion to participate, just an honorably discharged veteran of a branch of our services. This service will be conducted regardless of weather conditions. Uniforms are not required. The general PUBLIC is INVITED to attend and support those still able to conduct this service..
Submitted by H. Jack Buzard - member VFW/American Legion (48 years)