‘The rest of the story’ of WWI veterans told
HUGHESVILLE – A salute to the Centennial of World War I was a portion of the Memorial Day program hosted by Glenn Sharrow American Legion Post #35, Hughesville. Due to inclement weather, the service took place in the high school auditorium with 140 in attendance.
Introducing selections by the choir, member Ann McMahon read, “The Great War caused an outpouring of patriotic expression. Songs suited to the times were churned out by numerous composers with ‘Weepers’ being one of several categories.”
Directed by Joy Barto and accompanied by Lena Carichner, 16 volunteer vocalists presented the WWI song. It focused on letters from a mother to her son, and his reading them nightly by candlelight. She reminded him he’d always be her baby recounting times he’d been on her knee. The mother’s promise was also the song’s title; “We’ll do our share while you’re over there.”
The second song, “This is my prayer,” set to the tune of the hymn ‘Be Still My Soul,'” spoke of petitioning the Almighty for peace for all nations.
Six of the more than 70 WWI veterans interred at Pleasant Hill Cemetery were remembered.
Veterans and family members telling the rest of their stories were as follows: Frank Fought, by granddaughter Jeanne Willis; Raymond Fought by son Clay Fought; nurse Helen Townsend Frantz by cousin Anne Bulkley; Harold Lauchle by daughter Gail Eppler; and Harry Snyder by daughter Alice Hilkert, and granddaughter Jane Beckinstine.
The local WWI Centennial Project is the individual work of Carol Shetler to whom Commander Pittenger awarded a Certificate of Appreciation. Due to the individual status, future submissions are to be directed specifically to Shetler or The Luminary.
Speaker of the day was Hughesville High School graduate Mickey Maneval. The retired Air Force Master Sergeant spoke of his 21 plus years in the military as an aircraft weapons systems specialist. Currently he is the lead DCNR Ranger at Ricketts Glen State Park.
The outstanding eighth grade boy and girl and poems recited were by Kylie Liebersohn, “In Flanders Field” and Gavin Paulhamus shared “The Gettysburg Address.”
Under the direction of Geoff Harmon and drum major Rochell Temple, the Hughesville High School Band presented patriotic selections.
In closing, attendees moved outside for the gun salute with the Legion’s color guard and Ralph Marks, SGT of Arms.