The village of Mingo Junction and the American Legion Post 351 observed Veterans Day on Monday morning in front of the Veterans Memorial Wall.
The service began on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month with a 2-minute moment of silence "that gives people the opportunity to stop what they are doing and give thanks to all those who gave some and thanks to all those who gave all so that we can live with the freedoms we enjoy," an event spokesperson said.
Participants included: Bob Pizzoferrato, national anthem; Pastor Sam Davis, opening prayer; Legion adjutant Harry Freiling, history of Veterans Day; and Dr. William E Johns, recitation of poem, "Freedom is not Free."
PARTICIPANTS — Part of Mingo’s observance of Veterans Day on Monday were, front, front left, John Boka, Dr. William Johns, Don Zarich, Mayor John “Wiz” Fabian, Jim Freiling and Pastor Sam Davis and back, Chuck Hickle, Frank Villamagna, Rick Swinsinski, Harry Freiling, Rose Angelica and Bob Pizzoferrato.
Mayor John "Wiz" Fabian spoke about Veterans Day and mentioned that during World War II, Mingo Junction was a community of 5,000 and that "1,000 men and women went to war to defend our country and protect our freedom, and 42 of those brave soldiers gave all so that we can have our freedom."
"We must never forget their sacrifice, and if you would like to take the time to know who those brave soldiers are, their names are on the memorial wall, and pictures of them are in the city building and will always remain there for all to see," Fabian said.
The Legion Honor Guard fired a gun salute, and Rose Angelica played taps. The program concluded with a benediction by Davis.