Five World War II veterans were recognized by the Kentucky Path Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution and the Gen. Joseph Martin Chapter, National Society Sons of the American Revolution on Veterans Day. It was held at the Middlesboro Nursing and Rehabilitation Facility.
The honorees were Gen. Baker, Richard Barrett, Herbert Barnett, Lonnie McKinney and A.E. Miracle.
Each veteran was presented with an American flag, a gift bag filled with a lap blanket, tissues, liquid soap, an eyeglass repair kit and eyeglass cleaning cloths, a large bottle of hand sanitizer and a red, white and blue Beanie Baby.
Amy Hufstedler, Kentucky Path member, brought letters of thanks and pictures colored by her first-grade class at Yellow Creek School Center for the veterans. In addition, each one was presented with a certificate thanking the veteran for his military service, sacrifice and commitment to the preservation of our freedom.
In her remarks, Kentucky Path Regent Karen A. Potter-Hughes made these observations about Veterans Day and World War II veterans in particular:
“On the eleventh day of the eleventh month at the eleventh hour in 1918, the Armistice was signed to end World War I. The war to end all wars. But the Greatest Generation knows differently, for they stopped their lives to fight Nazi Germany and Imperialist Japan. During World War II, some gave up their youth; others interrupted their adult lives to sign-up to fight in the Army, Navy, Marines, Army Air Corps and Coast Guard. Meanwhile, state-side, women stepped up to fill jobs left by the men fighting in the war. Families grew personal Victory Gardens so farm produce could go to the soldiers. Necessities were rationed; for example, restrictions were made on silk stockings, leather shoes, rubber tires, and meat. Every member of the Greatest Generation pulled together to defeat tyranny. It was a highly patriotic time. A time we haven’t experienced since. So it is that we are here this evening to salute and thank these World War II veterans.”
Potter-Hughes also suggested that each day we should stop to remember the men and women who have stepped up to answer the call to duty.
She then shared a quote by George Washington: “The willingness with which our young people will likely to serve in any war, no matter how justified, shall be directly proportional to how they perceive the veterans of earlier wars were treated and appreciated.”
Kentucky Path members participating in the Veterans Day program were Thornley Alexander, Marsha Bratton, Bobbie Cook, Mary Evans, Sharon Harrell, Amy Hufstedler, Shirley Hufstedler, Agnes Marcum, Myra Richardson, Gale Stellute and Potter-Hughes.
Representing Gen. Joseph Martin, NSSAR were Todd Williams, chapter president, and Terry Williams, chapter chaplain.