By Julie Johansen
Members of the community gathered in Castle Dale to honor veterans during a ceremony on Monday.
The National Anthem was played by the Emery High School band following the posting of the colors by the American Legion. Master of Ceremony Clifford Snow then invited Castle Dale Elementary to present their program. Students from the local elementary sang “Hope for America.” Each grade then presented their own musical selection: kindergarten, “It’s a Grand Ole Flag;” first grade, the anthem of the Coast Guard; second grade; Marines, third grade, Navy; fourth grade, Air Force; and fifth grade concluded with the Army. All the students gathered again and sang “God Bless the USA.” Katy Deto was accompanied by the high school band and also sang a medley of anthems from the Armed Forces.
Commander Snow then introduced a military career man who has recently moved to Emery County. Jerry Yager spoke of his 22 years of service in the Air Force. He stated that after he enlisted, his life gained direction and purpose. Yager said he gained pride and a sense of belonging by serving in the military. He also paid tribute to the American Legion, now in its 100th year of service.
Miss Emery County Brooklin Potter and Miss Emery Outstanding Teen Maryn Allred then thanked all veterans for their service, recognizing that their freedom was secured by them.
Next, Emery County Commissioner Kent Wilson turned the microphone over to Jack Butler, a Vietnam Veteran who recently returned from the Utah Honor Flight to Washington D.C. Butler shared some of his experiences in Vietnam before returning home to find shame and disrespect. His flight was a life-changing experience and he invited all vets to take advantage of this opportunity. He told the crowd they could find an application at online at www.utahhonorflight.org.
Deto then sang “God Bless America.” A wreath was then placed at the memorial by Commissioner Wilson and Butler. All veterans, their families and spouses were invited to a soup luncheon at the recreation center to conclude the event.