Local Veterans To Be Honored At Luncheon Following Parade
By LEIGH C. MERRIFIELD
News & Journal Editor
The Shinnston Lions Club will once again host a Veteran’s Day parade in Shinnston. Through the years, the club has been attentive to keeping this event completely in tune with the observance of the signing of the armistice – beginning the activities on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month. However, this year, Veteran’s Day happens to fall on a Sunday, and club president David Minor noted that it would inappropriate to hold a parade during hours when church services are being held. So this year’s festivities will be held on Saturday, November 10th.
As has become a tradition, the program that will immediately follow the parade is a cooperative effort of the Shinnston Lions Club, the Bice-Ferguson Museum, and the American Legion Post #31 Ladies Auxiliary. The program will be held at the American Legion Post Home in Shinnston after the parade, at which time this year’s parade marshals will be honored and a luncheon will be served thanks to the generous participation of the Ladies Auxiliary. Museum Director Steve Glass will serve as emcee.
This year’s parade will feature four local veterans: John DeMary, William Hayhurst, Charles “Chuck” Skinner, and Kenneth Yost.
John DeMary grew up in Enterprise, the son of the late Salvador and Joann DeMary. He graduated from Shinnston High School with the Class of 1952 and later graduated from Duquesne University’s School of Pharmacy.
John was inducted into the Army in January, 1957 and completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant on his last day of basic training. He was transferred to Fort Sam Houston, TX with other medical personnel for orientation of military policies and procedures.
Lt. DeMary’s next assignment was at Hood, TX with the 2nd Army Missile Command that was being organized there due to a need for a field hospital….