The Veteran’s Day Ceremony in Old Forge was conducted on Sunday, November 11, under sunny skies from the porch of Covey-Pashley American Legion Hall Post 893 in Old Forge.
In the absence of Post Commander Brad Birnie, the gathering of spectators was welcomed by Master of Ceremonies, Bill Ransom.
Ransom recognized the following members of Covey Pashley Post 893 who are currently serving in the military: Lee Balling, Army; Adam Court, Air Force; Kent Delano, Air Force; Helen Dolan, Navy; Haley Grabauskas, Marine Corps; A.J. Kott, Air Force; Casey Venetz, Marine Corps; Chris Wanamaker, Army; Bryce Weedmark, Army; Steven Yuhasz, Air Force; Joseph Kawa, Army; and Chris Simpson,Marine Corps.
Ransom also recognized WW II veteran Charlie Kiefer of Old Forge and Korean War veteran Ron Williams of Big Moose, who were observing the ceremony. Following Ransom’s remarks, Zach Brombacher, Chaplain of the Post, read the opening prayer.
Other speakers who presented traditional Veterans Day readings were Navy Lt. Helen Dolan, 1st Vice Commander Bill Simpson, 2nd Vice Commander Bob Dibble, 3rd Vice Commander John Bauer, and Auxiliary Member Judy Ehrensbeck.
Members of The Color Guard, standing at attention throughout the ceremony, were John Weedmark, Ash Kellogg, George Meeker, John Bauer.
At the close of the ceremony bugler Lance Maly played Taps, followed by a three-shot volley by Bob Wanamaker.
The Veteran’s Day observance ended with everyone being invited to a luncheon at the Legion Hall.