The gloomy sky poured down rain upon the residents of Appomattox, but that didn’t stop the approximate 50 people who ventured out to celebrate Veterans Day on Nov. 11 at the American Legion Post 104 Headquarters on Oakleigh Avenue in Appomattox.
Veterans and civilians alike gathered to honor those who have served or are serving — those who are still living and those who’ve perished.
A moment of silence was held at the ceremony in honor of Post 104 Past Commander Buck Owen. Owen died Jan. 21 at the age of 73. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War and was passionate about the American Legion and its efforts to support veterans.
Post 104 Commander Ron Krauklis said there’s a black granite bench dedicated to Owen. Unfortunately, the rain interfered with the bench’s unveiling, which was set to be included with the ceremony. Regardless, Krauklis said he hoped folks would pause for a moment to see the bench after the service. The bench is situated outside the American Legion Post 104 building.
Krauklis was elected to commander after Owen passed.
The songs of various service branches were played over the speakers; veterans were asked to rise when their service branch song was played.
Afterward, the keynote speaker was introduced to the audience. Major Gen. Scott G. West retired from active duty in 2010.
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