PDT Staff Writer
The annual Scioto County Veterans Day Service was held in Tracy Park in Portsmouth Monday morning. This year’s service honored area Korean War veterans.
The featured speaker for the event was Susan Frasher, American Legion Department of Ohio, Assistant Chaplain and Scioto County Resident.
“I am really honored and humbled to be with you today. Look at the flag above us, this is the flag which we honor and under which we served. It is the emblem of our unity, our power and our purpose as a nation,” Frasher said. “It floats in majestic silence, in peace or at war. Though it’s silent, it speaks to us. It speaks to us of our past, of the men and women who went before us and the records they left behind.”
Frasher, a former teacher, told those in attendance about one of her first teaching positions.
“One November I asked the class if anyone could give me the definition of a Veteran. About 15 hands shot up, I selected the first one. His response was, ‘it’s a doctor that takes care of sick animals,” Frasher said. “So, what is the real definition of a Veteran, we know that 25 million veterans are living today. Many of the men and women have faced death and suffered unimaginable hardships to protect our freedoms.”
She said all Americans owe a deep gratitude to all of those who have served in the armed forces.
“To those of you (Veterans) that bear scars seen and unseen and to your families who have also sacrificed and to the fallen who gave the greatest love, we salute you and dedicate this day to you,” Frasher said.
The Portsmouth West Band and Choir were also in attendance and performed.
As a part of the ceremony Korean veterans in attendance were presented with certificates from the Scioto County Veterans Service Commission.
For more information about the Scioto County Veterans Service Commission visit, www.sciotoveteranscommission.com.
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