Studies show West Virginia ranks at the top of the list for veterans who have served our country and for the number of veterans who died while serving.
To honor these men and women, the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation holds a service each year.
On Monday, members of the Brooke County community gathered to honor those who have fought and served with a flag raising, the pledge of allegiance, and several speeches.
The Ohio Valley Memorial Squad also presented a military wreath with “Taps” and a 21-gun salute.
Meanwhile, four Brooke High School students sang the ‘National Anthem’ and ‘America the Beautiful.’
“What they’ve done has left an impact on our society by allowing us to be free and do the things we do. That’s why we have to be grateful. I believe there’s no greater honor than to serve those who have served,” said Bud Billiard, member of the Brooke County Veterans Memorial Park Foundation:
The service also featured the presenting of glass certificates to two distinguished families of service: the Clarks and Iafrates.