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North Clark Historical Museum celebrates veterans

The Columbian
Published: November 25, 2023, 5:38am

AMBOY — The North Clark Historical Museum and Mt. Valley Grange #79 recently hosted a community celebration honoring local veterans.

The event was attended by 102 guests, including 24 veterans. The program was hosted by museum President Debbie Zitt and Grange leader David Johnson. A pie and ice cream social was held prior to the program.

The veterans were recognized individually for their service with information on their branch of service and when and where they served. Special attention was given to Army nurse Elaine Fletcher, who served for three years in the South Pacific during World War II. Fletcher will turn 104 in December. A patriotic quilt, donated by the Chelatchie Quilters, was won by veteran Gerald “Jerry” Johnson. A gift package, for veterans only, was donated by The Wild Bean and Nick’s Bar and Grill.

The colors were presented by members of the American Legion Tum Tum Post 168. A moving rendition of the National Anthem was sung by Danae Castle, who also sang “God Bless America.”

Members of the seventh- and eighth-grade band from Amboy Middle School, directed by Jeremy Gallagher, played a medley of songs from each branch of the service and a medley of patriotic songs.

The guest speaker was Vietnam veteran Ron Brandon Sr. of Troutdale, Ore. Brandon spoke on how all branches of the service supported each other and were committed to protecting the United States of America. He heads a support group called Point Man Ministries that helps veterans, first responders, and anyone who may be dealing with stress, PTSD and trauma.