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Pulaski County remembers vets, those still serving

Frigid temperatures and snow showers didn’t keep people away from Pulaski County Courthouse Saturday as the county held its annual Remembrance of Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces ceremony.
The event, held at the War Memorial on the lawn of the old courthouse on West Main Street in Pulaski, included the lighting of the Veterans’ Outdoor Christmas Tree, which is on the courthouse lawn.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey welcomed the crowd and noted that this is not only a time to remember those who were lost in battle, but also to honor those who served and still serve.
Two guests who received special recognition were Betsy Ault and Ann Wiseman, family members of the two local soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ault is the wife of the late Jesse Ault, and Wiseman is the mother of the late Michael Dooley.
“We in Pulaski County and throughout the nation grieve with you for the loss of these two fine gentlemen,” Sheffey told them. “They served courageously. We grieve for their loss and extend out sympathy to the families.”
Others taking part in the ceremony included Commander Herman Smith and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1184, who posted the colors and gave a 21-gun salute during the playing of “Taps.”
Soloist Amy Hall sang the National Anthem while Boy Scout Troop 100, led by Scout Master B. Allen McMilllan Jr., raised the flag.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cub Scout Pack 431 and Cadet Girl Scout Troop 811. Bill Crisp is Cub Master of Pack 431, while Missie Nash leads Troop 811.
Veterans’ groups and armed forces introduced at the event included: VFW Post 1184, American Legion Post 7, Korean War Veterans, AMVETS, UAW Veterans Committee and the 811th Army Ordnance of Dublin.
Special music was provided by Pulaski Middle School Chorus, directed by Kelly Eaton.
Following the event, the indoor Veterans’ Tree, decorated with miniature photographs, was on display, and citizens were taken on tours of heritage exhibits on all three floors of the courthouse.
R. Lloyd Mathews was on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Pulaski County, Virginia, An Historic and Descriptive Sketch, 1907-2007.”
Refreshments were also served.

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Pulaski County remembers vets, those still serving

Frigid temperatures and snow showers didn’t keep people away from Pulaski County Courthouse Saturday as the county held its annual Remembrance of Veterans and Members of the Armed Forces ceremony.
The event, held at the War Memorial on the lawn of the old courthouse on West Main Street in Pulaski, included the lighting of the Veterans’ Outdoor Christmas Tree, which is on the courthouse lawn.
Pulaski County Board of Supervisors Chairman Joe Sheffey welcomed the crowd and noted that this is not only a time to remember those who were lost in battle, but also to honor those who served and still serve.
Two guests who received special recognition were Betsy Ault and Ann Wiseman, family members of the two local soldiers who have died in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Ault is the wife of the late Jesse Ault, and Wiseman is the mother of the late Michael Dooley.
“We in Pulaski County and throughout the nation grieve with you for the loss of these two fine gentlemen,” Sheffey told them. “They served courageously. We grieve for their loss and extend out sympathy to the families.”
Others taking part in the ceremony included Commander Herman Smith and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1184, who posted the colors and gave a 21-gun salute during the playing of “Taps.”
Soloist Amy Hall sang the National Anthem while Boy Scout Troop 100, led by Scout Master B. Allen McMilllan Jr., raised the flag.
The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Cub Scout Pack 431 and Cadet Girl Scout Troop 811. Bill Crisp is Cub Master of Pack 431, while Missie Nash leads Troop 811.
Veterans’ groups and armed forces introduced at the event included: VFW Post 1184, American Legion Post 7, Korean War Veterans, AMVETS, UAW Veterans Committee and the 811th Army Ordnance of Dublin.
Special music was provided by Pulaski Middle School Chorus, directed by Kelly Eaton.
Following the event, the indoor Veterans’ Tree, decorated with miniature photographs, was on display, and citizens were taken on tours of heritage exhibits on all three floors of the courthouse.
R. Lloyd Mathews was on hand to sign copies of his new book, “Pulaski County, Virginia, An Historic and Descriptive Sketch, 1907-2007.”
Refreshments were also served.

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