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! ;i Page 12 ---The Glenviile Democrat/Pathfinder -- Thursday, July 3, 2003 # : i ; On Sat. afternoon, June 21, nearly 50 area veterans made a statement about America during the 54th Annual Folk Festival Parade. Their statement was: "We're proud to be Americans and to have served our great country." HONOR GUARD --- Leading this year's Gilmer County Veterans Flag Unit was the Honor Guard from the newly opened Federal Correctional Institution-Gilmer. All members of the flag bearing unit are veterans who are now working for the Federal Bureau of Prisons in Gilmer County. U. S. ARMY -- From 1776 to the present, the U.S. Army has been our nation's first line of defense at home and abroad. Here, Gilmer Countians who served America during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, and perhaps even the current Operation Iraqi Freedom pose for the camera. rm To P oteet and Fiag | BRAVERY & SACRIFICE -- To have served in any branch of our great nation's Armed Forces means that you "wore the uniform to protect our country and flag." Here, Damon West (left), organizer of the Gilmer County Veterans Flag Unit and a U.S. Army veteran, and Charlie Harold,.an Air Force veteran, carry this banner reminding the large Folk Festival crowd that America has been made safe due to the veterans' bravery and sacrifice. i ....................... ~ ~ ~:~=~"~ .......... i~ ~~ ,b ,???? 'OLD GLORY' --- Since June 14, 1777 -- Flag Day, the "Stars and Stripes" have made up the official American Flag. As a result, Glenville, Gilmer County, and the Folk Festival are fortunate to have so many patriotic veterans who are willing and able to carry this giant, 375 sq. ft. flag through the downtown for most of this entire region's parades and holiday festivities. Here, 16 veterans handle this emotion-packed duty during the Folk Fest;al Parade. 'KEEP 'EM FLYING' --- Among the Gilmer Countians participating in the annual Lions Parade on Sat., June 21 are these U.S. Air Force veterans. During the past several "Keep the Planes Flying" and at the Folk Festival, they kept Old Glory flying high, too. I LIONS CLUB PARADE --Our Gilmer County Veterans Flag Unit is proud to be able to in the West Virginia State Folk Festival Parade in Glenville. This parade is sponsored by1 Club, represented here by Billy Bennett (left), a Mai'ine Corps veteran, and Everett Ellison 1 veteran. WORLD WAR II -- From 1941 until 1945, the United States took up the fight against Fascist, and Imperial Japanese tyranny around the world. Through the blood, sweat, and personnel and their families, America and its Allies, ultimately, won this war. But, like in wars, All gave some, some gave all,' says the placard carried by World War II and U.S. Army Cumbededge of Glenville. ' I I The Veterans Flag Un I I is composed of ... I i I I Veterans representing Gilmer, Lewis, and Barbour Counti t I [ Veterans with service in the Army, Navy, Marines, Air I Veterans who served in W. W. II, Korea, Vietnam & De~ [ Veterans who earned Battle Stars, Bronze Stars & Purple I ~[l~l~ll I Veterans- all civic-minded citizens- who have partiC'W displays and'dr parades" ...I ; = : ................ Veterans Parade Unit L n i I"l~~.:d I for the 2003 Folk FestlV'o,~ 2. Large Flag -- 375 sq. It. MIA-POW FLAG -- One of the Placards" W. W. II - Korea - Vietnam - Desert Storm most horrible consequences of any 41 Flags: U.'S.A. - W.Va. - Air Force - Marines- Army- war is the number of U.S. service 5. Placards: Wars - "Been There" men and women,, who_become 6. Special Placard: "9-11-2001" "MBslng in Action or "Prisoners 7 Banner" "Stamp Out Terrorism" of War." Here, as always, Stephen 8. Placards: Could be as many as 40??? Cross, a V etnam War veteran, 9, Banner: "WE WORE THE UNIFORM TO PROTECT carries the 'MIA-POW Flag," as a OUR COUNTRY AND OUR FLAG" .J naggingremindertotheAmerican t0 Fla MIA i in, In ti n W i n rsO g. (M ss o Ac o ) & PO (Pr so e public not to forget these many 1 I. Girls Flag: Salute to Veterans veterans who are now just Placards: "HEROES AHEAD-- WE CARE DO y01~f numbers. The U.S. Government Plus many other placards needs to continue its efforts to find 12. 49 area Veterans were proud participants in Gilmer out what happened to them. Festival Parade