BUCKHANNON-The VFW Honor Guard held its annual Memorial Day event at Mt. Union Cemetery in Ellamore on Monday.
Commander Larry Brown of the VFW Post #3663 gave a short speech honoring those who served the country. Commander James C. Kittle was recognized for his 72 years of service in the honor guard. Kittle is an original member of the honor guard that started the memorial services at Mt. Union Cemetery. Senator Bill Hamilton was in attendance. Church bells tolled for all the veterans in the cemetery and the Honor Guard gave their final salute.
Besides the Mt. Union Memorial services, Honor Guard Scott Baker talked about the Memorial services they routinely perform. “We did three memorial services this month, attended six funeral services, and put out a thousand flags out at Heavner Cemetery,” Baker said.
When asked about his 72 years of service in the Honor Guard Commander Kittle said, “I never thought I would be doing this for this many years when I started.” He is 95 years old and is still honored to be able to be a part of the Memorial services.
Along with the ceremony there is a food vendor on the grounds for those who attend. The food is mostly donated and Dana Tallman said they have been providing food for the ceremony for 70 plus years. “The food we sell is a fundraiser for the church,” Tallman said. “We serve hot dogs and strawberry shortcake for the event but we used to serve complete plates of food.” “We are grateful for the people who work hard and donate the food for this event.”
Joe Tallman is one of three trustees of the cemetery and church. He takes great pride in mowing, trimming, and keeping the grounds looking manicured for the ceremony. “I maintain ninety percent of the grounds and take care of the church too,” Tallman said.