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Local veterans honored

Posted: Thursday, Nov 15th, 2012


Students at Kemmerer Elementary presented a special Veterans Day program to honor local veterans on Monday, Nov. 12. GAZETTE PHOTO/Rikki Rogers


KEMMERER – For the eighth year in a row, Grumpies Bar honored local veterans with a well-attended Veterans Day party on Sunday, Nov. 11. This is the 24th year that veterans in Kemmerer have been celebrated in this way. Local residents and veterans gathered at the party to socialize and honor the day dedicated to American veterans.

Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” and was established in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson in recognition of the Nov. 11, 1918 armistice between Allied and German forces during World War I. A May 13, 1938 act made the day a legal holiday, and in 1954 the word “armistice” was replaced with “veterans” to honor veterans of all wars.

Local resident Gary Parks served during the Korean Conflict and said that he was at Grumpies to show his appreciation for veterans, who often don’t get the praise they deserve.

Kemmerer resident Kent Service was also on hand for the celebration. Service had once enlisted in the Navy, but was underage and couldn’t get the requisite parent’s signature. Later, when the draft started, he ended up with a high school deferment. Although he didn’t serve, his dad and many other family members did.

“This is a day of remembrance for those I served with and those still serving,” said veteran Pat Pringle, who served from 1989 to 1997 in Korea and Germany with the army’s field artillery units.

George Olguin joined the army along with three brothers, while his fourth brother joined the navy. Olguin served in Korea where he married his wife in 1966. Their daughter, Tina, was born while he was still serving in South Korea.

“I’m here with friends back from their wars and remembering ones that didn’t return. This is a day to remember all vets clear back to 1812,” remarked Rodney Anden. Anden served in the army from 1965 to 1968.

Butch Brunski served four years for the United States Air Force Strategic Air Command, also known as SAC. Brunski explained that only the signature of the President of the United States could set a SAC unit into action and said that he was proud to serve the flag, his country and its people. But it saddens him that more young Americans don’t understand that feeling of pride.

“They just don’t get it,” he said.

While each local veteran experienced a different war or conflict, they all agreed it is important to join together to celebrate their love of country and to remember service members who never returned home to their loved ones.

For the complete article see the 11-15-2012 issue.

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