On a clear, crisp and cold November Sunday afternoon, with stiff winds snapping flags to attention, Adams County paid special tribute to its servicemen who gave their lives in the Vietnam conflict with the dedication of a granite memorial on the front lawn of the courthouse. The ceremony, appropriately, was held the day before the official Veteran's Day holiday.
Jan Smith, Commander of American Legion Post 43, served as master of ceremonies for the event, which also featured brief remarks from local resident John Lee, who was the visionary to spearhead the memorial concept and research records to determine those local members of the armed services to lose their lives in the two decade-long war.
Honored for posterity with the names, the date of the death and their pictures etched into the solid, black granite monolith were six Adams County patriots who made the ultimate sacrifice in the Asian conflict. The group is comprised of: William E. Allison, 1967; Carey W. Ellenberger, 1967; Stephen E. Breiner, 1968; Boyce D. Phillips, 1969; Duane G. Landis, 1969; and Merlin G. Beer, 1969.
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