Photo by Michael Crane / Valley Roadrunner
November 13, 2013WWII veteran Chet Elliott, 90, listens to speaker John M. Herr at the Veterans Day ceremony at the Valley Center Cemetery on Monday. More than 60 people attended to celebrate and remember all those who have served our nation through the years.
"I thought it was very lovely," said Elliott of the ceremony. "I think they do a fine job." While in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1947, Elliott served in the European theater in WWII and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. A Valley Center resident since 1990, Elliot has attended the Veterans Day events at the cemetery for the past 4 years and was even a speaker himself a few years ago.
Boy Scout Troop 619 raised and lowered the flag at the ceremony and Rev. Gunnar Hanson of the Valley Baptist Church gave the invocation and benediction. Jan Erler delivered rousing performances of the Star-Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful, and Brent Allen concluded the program with taps.
Quoting Lance Corporal Edwin L. "Tim" Craft, speaker John M. Herr told the crowd, "for those who have fought for it, freedom has a taste the protected shall never know."