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Pembroke salutes veterans

POSTED: November 9, 2011 10:39 a.m.

Family members of the late C.W. Black Jr. watch as a flag is raised Saturday in Pembroke by members of Boy Scouts Troop 357 to honor his memory and service in the Vietnam War.

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Stars and stripes whipped in the wind Saturday morning when Pembroke residents paid tribute to local veterans during the fifth annual Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 164.
Richmond Hill will hold its Veterans Day observance at 11 a.m. Friday in J.F. Gregory Park. The 3rd ID Color Guard will present the colors and guest speakers will include Mayor Harold Fowler, Paul Spence, Ana Parodi, Bill Helms and 2nd Heavy Brigade Combat Team commander Col. Douglas C. Cardinale of Fort Stewart.
Saturday, after members the 3rd Infantry Division Color Guard from Fort Stewart posted the colors during in the downtown park, Boy Scout Troop 357 added new American flags to the field Old Glories in honor of local veterans Ralph Bacon, C.W. Black, James Sikes and Chester Sheffield as families watched and remembered their loved ones.
“Today we honor veterans – not just those who have died, but all who have served,” guest speaker Jim Correll said.
All natives of Pembroke, the four veterans served in various wars: Bacon in World War II; Black in Vietnam; and Sheffield in the Korean War. Sikes served in World War II, the Korean War and in Vietnam.
Read more from the Veterans Day observance in the Nov. 9 edition of the News.

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