Galion's 2004 Two Part Veterans Day Observance

November 11, 2004   

This year's 11 am Veteran's Day Ceremony was a brief one at the Vet's Triangle Memorial in Heise Park.

Part Two was held in the evening at the Galion High School Auditorium to honor the living Veterans with a concert reminiscent of the World War II era.

Posting of the Colors.
Don Crego, center, gave the prayer for our departed veterans.
Walter Williams, a former Prisoner of War in World War II, was given the honor of placing the wreath for the P.O.W./Missing in Action tribute.
A Salute to the P.O.W./M.I.A.s who can't be with us today.
VFW Post 4329 Commander Ledford Stigall assisting Joan Estes, mother of Cpl. David Snyder, who is serving in Iraq, in placing the wreath in memory of all veterans of all wars who served in the service to the United States.

Barney Musselman, American Legion Post 243 Sergeant of Arms, directs the firing of volleys to honor the dead followed by Ken Heiser playing Taps.
Veterans of Foreign War member, Don Diosi (right center), speaking at the close of the ceremony.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post sponsored the Erik Gimbel Orchestra Concert in the evening at the Galion High Auditorium.

Our Galion Hi Showtunes opened the concert with "The Star Spangled Banner".
The audience was heavily populated with WW2 and Korean War era veterans who were treated to hearing a live band play their music.
The audience responded enthusiastically to the orchestra solos.
Angie Gimbel sang a number of familiar songs of the era.
The group played many of the Big Band orchestra's theme songs and big hits.
Some of the vets came down front to dance again to the music they loved.
The program closed with a special "swing" version of the Stars and Stripes Forever!
and to a very appreciative audience.

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