By Shelby Inscore Puckett
Isaiah Puckett, currently a member of the U. S. Army Reserve and a great-great-great grandson of a Civil War veteran, led the pledge of allegiance.
Thelma Jean Dellenback Pack, the daughter of a WWII veteran, led the singing of the National Anthem and the closing song, “God Bless America.” Pack’s four siblings were in service during the Vietnam War era: brothers Charlie Jr., George, and Walter, were or served in the Army. Her sister Mary Dellenback Hill was a member of the U. S. Marine Corps.
While the program emphasized the service and sacrifice of Roger Dale Bowman and the veterans of the Vietnam era, veterans of other wars also were paid tribute.
Harlan Hawks, an Ararat veteran who served in Vietnam and now is Commander of the VFW Post 9436 in Pilot Mountain, N.C., recognized WWII veterans Turner Thompson and Joe Scales. Thompson was one of six brothers to simultaneously serve during WWII. While that likely is a record for the community, it is not the record for Thompson’s family,…