Veterans Day Marked for 2018
Residents of Clay County observed Veteran's Day on Monday, Nov. 12, with the annual wreath ceremony at the courthouse in Piggott. Each fall the ceremony is held at the War Memorial, located adjacent to the flag pole on the east side of the courthouse lawn.
Serving as hosts once again this year ere American Legion Post #38, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #4517 and the VFW Post #4517 Auxiliary.
The ceremony was opened with a welcome by Maj. Scott Allman, USAF, (Ret.), commander of the American Legion Post. The invocation was given by VFW Post #4517 commander Steve Tate. Afterward, those in attendance heard comments from Clay County Judge Mike Patterson, who applauded all veterans for their service.
“I just want to say thank-you, thank-you to all the men and women who have served,” he offered.
Patterson also applauded the work of Veteran's Affairs officer Tommy Huggins, and urged all veterans to seek his assistance when needed. He also vowed to assist any veteran who needed assistance.
Afterward, Crafton was joined by Tate and Allman in placing the traditional wreath. TAPS was then performed by Avery Little, a member of the PHS Marching Mohawk Band.
In keeping with another tradition, the local American Legion and VFW hosted an open house at the War Memorial Building. Coffee and donuts were served prior to the ceremony, and a luncheon of chili and barbecue sandwiches was provided for veterans, and their families, throughout the afternoon.
The Veterans Day observance is held each November, and is usually staged on the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month in recognition of the armistice which ended World War I. Due to the holiday falling on a Sunday this year, the local observance was held Monday.
Allman also noted the local American Legion and VFW are seeking eligible members, and encouraged all those who qualify to contact them concerning membership in the organizations.