The rain and chilly weather didn’t hold the community of Plymouth back from showing their gratitude for those who have served their country in the armed forces. On Veterans Day, people packed the Plymouth Community Center to take part in the ceremony to honor the sacrifices veterans have made and to remember those who lost their lives in the name of defending freedom.
During the ceremony, three veterans were presented with Quilts of Valor to recognize their service: Emery Bessler, Loren Yost and Arthur Wells, Jr. Here are some photos from the presentation:
Arthur was drafted in 1946 and entered the Army just three months after graduating from Plymouth High School. He was one of the last four draftees called from Jefferson County during the World War II draft. Arthur was discharged in December of 1947.
Loren was drafted to serve during the Korean War in February 1951. With just two weeks left of basic training, he became ill with Rheumatic Fever. He received an honorable discharge in September 1951.
Emery was on a troop ship in Tokyo Bay, heading for the invasion of Japan, when the atomic bombs were dropped on Japan, bringing an end to World War II with the surrender of Japan just three days later. Emery continued to serve in the Philippines and in Guam until he was discharged from the Air Force in 1946.
During the Veterans Day Ceremony, Mark Schoenrock, a retired Army Officer with over 40 years of service, spoke about the true meaning of Veterans Day, reminding people that freedom comes with a high price. Here is a video clip of his speech Saturday:
The ceremony closed after songs from the Tri County High School Band and a third-grade choir.