VFW Post honors sacrifices of Iraq War veterans
Shelby County veterans on Friday morning gathered to remember those who served and who sacrificed for their country during the Iraq War.
Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8904 and the post's auxiliary hosted the ceremony on the historic Shelby County Courthouse to commemorate the official end to U.S. Combat operations in Iraq on Aug. 31, 2010.
Larry Hume, quartermaster for the VFW post said the event was to keep alive the memory of all who served, but especially for the patriotism and sacrificed of Center resident U.S. Army Specialist Larry E. Polley Jr., who was killed in action.
Hume said all Iraq veterans and family members were invited to participate and to be recognized. Certificates of appreciation were presented to several Iraq era veterans.
Participating in the program were VFW Post members Cynthia Islas, who gave the invocation; Richard Lundie, who shared memories of his own nearly 26-year military career; and Shane Fenley, who placed a wreath on the memorial in front of the historic courthouse.
Hume also presented a certificate of appreciation to the family of U.S. Air Force member Andrew Broussard in recognition of his service to country.
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