Colliers shows respect

COLLIERS – Army Col. Michael Duane Copenhaver of the Second Airborne Division Joint Special Operation Command at Fort Bragg, N.C., was guest speaker at Memorial Day services.

Copenhaver is a Colliers native and is the son of Ben and Norma Copenhaver of Colliers. He now resides in Fayetteville, N.C., with his wife Tina and their three daughters. Copenhaver has been in the Army for 25 years.

The Rev. Don Stilgenbauer was the master of ceremonies and led the opening prayer. Bobby Brennan, a Colliers Primary School first-grader, led the Pledge of Allegiance. The Colliers Volunteer Fire Department performed the flag ceremony.

Sabrina Fox read “I Am Your Flag,” and McKenzie Fox, a Follansbee Middle School seventh-grader, recited the Gettysburg Address and read “The Last Monday in May.”

Katy Gardei, a World War II Women’s Army Corps member, and Erdella Hannen, former World War II Prisoner of War Bill Hannen’s widow, were recognized.

Chloe Fox, a Follansbee Middle sixth-grader, read “Here’s to You, America.” Jim Craft, U.S. Army, and Bernie Sanders, U.S. Navy, presented the memorial wreath.

The Colliers United Methodist Church choir sang a patriotic medley, and taps was played.

Stilgenbauer presented the benediction, and refreshments were served in the school cafeteria.

Phyllis Aria directed the program.