|Lewis County High School last week hosted its
third annual Veterans' Day Ceremony, honoring veterans with music, artwork, a video
tribute and lots of praise.
Also specifically honored was Howard Ruark. Ruark, a World
War II veteran, was a participant in the Invasion of Normandy. He was presented with a
special medal by VFW Post 5438 Commander Kevin Hilger.
Hilger welcomed all veterans in attendance and presented each of the 74 veterans and
active service personnel present with American Flag pins. Hilger also presented pins to 13
surviving families of veterans. He noted the 50th anniversary of the Korean
War, the 60th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and the 10th
anniversary of Desert Storm.
Those in attendance heard a performance "A Patriotic Salute" by the Lewis
County High School Chorus and "Stars and Stripes Forever" performed by the Lewis
County High School Band.
A moment of silence and the playing of Taps were held at 11:00 a.m. in the
tradition of "
the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh
LCHS students Zach Johnson, Matt Gum and Marshall Bertram produced a video tribute
featuring area scenes including the Greenup County Veterans' Memorial, monuments located
at the Lewis County Courthouse and a display of military memorabilia at the Vanceburg
Dennis Brown/Lewis County
Several students participated in
a patriotic art contest with winners announced during last week's Veterans' Day Ceremony
Dennis Brown/Lewis County Herald
VFW Post 5438 Commander Kevin
Hilger, left, presented Howard Ruark with a special honor last week during a Veterans' Day
Ceremony at LCHS. Ruark participated in the Normandy Invasion during World War II.
The winners of the Voice of Democracy essay contest read their essays tot hose in
attendance. Winners and their awards are first place, Cindy McKinney, $500 scholarship;
Missy Bloomfield, $200 scholarship; third place, Julia Butler, $100 scholarship.
McKinney will advance to the district level of competition. The contest us sponsored by
the VFW Ladies Auxiliary.
Winners of the artwork contest are Stanley Stamper, first place; Andy Horsley, second
place; and Ashley Rowe, third place.
The school also sponsored a door decoration contest. Winners are freshman class, Mrs.
Dixon's homeroom; sophomore class, Mrs. Applegate's homeroom; junior class, Mrs.
Hardymon's homeroom; and senior class, Ms. Underwood's homeroom,
Superintendent Maurice Reeder Jr., himself a veteran, told the gathering that the
annual event is an opportunity for Lewis County High School to pay respect to the veterans
for fighting for our freedom.
VFW Post 5438 hosted a luncheon for veterans and their families following Friday's