Those who sacrificed for our freedom remembered

June 01, 2004|BRENDA S. EDWARDS

LIBERTY - Those who sacrificed their lives for our freedoms were remembered Monday while more than 100 people stood in the drizzling rain around the doughboy statue.

"Today is devoted to those who made the supreme sacrifice," said William "Bill " Hill, a retired Navy commander.

Hill focused his talk around the World War II theme and mentioned the monument dedicated Saturday in Washington, D.C., to honor the 500,000 servicemen who made the supreme sacrifice.

He called World War II participants the greatest generation as 52 million people died worldwide. The U.S.S.R. lost the most people - 20,600,000 or 10.4 percent of the prewar population, while Great Britain lost 388,000 or 0.8 percent of its population.

Kentucky had 312,000 veterans who served in the war and only 54,000 still survive.

Hill read President Franklin D. Roosevelt's "Four Freedoms" speech quoting the former president saying "at no previous time has American security been as seriously threatened from without as it is today."


He mentioned the freedoms of speech and expression, freedom of every person to worship God in his own way, the freedom from want, and freedom from fear.

What the United States has learned since World War II

Hill said things the United States has learned since World War II are that you can't ignore an aggressor, can't trust an aggressor, can't negotiate with a tyrant, and can't freeze assets to stop them. "Embargoes bring hardship to some but it doesn't stop the ambitious tyrant. At no previous time has American security been as seriously threatened from without and within as it is today," he said.

He concluded by reading a poem "It is The Veteran" which states that veterans have given the United States freedoms of religion, press, speech, to assemble, right to a fair trial, the right to vote. The veterans also salute the flag and serve under the flag, he said.

Charles Derringer, retired Navy, read the names of Casey countians who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. The names are listed on plaques on the doughboy statue in front of the courthouse. A 21-gun salute by the Casey County Funeral Squad, made up of local veterans, followed the speech.

The color guard included Casey County Marines Pfc. Joshua Ursprung who is stationed in North Carolina, and Lance Cpl. Chad Combs, who is serving in Washington State, along with retired Master Sgt. Wayne Vannoy Jr.

The program ended with music by the Casey County High School band and taps by trumpeter Howard Clement.

Cemetery monument dedicated

A dedication Saturday at Cold Spring Cemetery in the Creston community drew more than 250 people who came to see a new monument listing 39 veterans buried in the cemetery, and a new flagpole. The monument was donated by the second and third generations of the late Wiley and Elizabeth Vannoy.

Army veteran Howard Bolt, who donated his time to help with the monument, was surprised when the Vannoy family presented him with a Korean War medal.

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