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Wayne Post
  • Newark Elks honor veterans

  • Members of Newark Elks Lodge No. 1249, along with Veterans' Committee Chairpersons, Mark Clingerman and Bill Morley, joined several veterans who now reside at DeMay Living Center to celebrate their special day with coffee, cookies, flags and conversation.

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  • Members of Newark Elks Lodge No. 1249, along with Veterans' Committee Chairpersons, Mark Clingerman and Bill Morley, joined several veterans who now reside at DeMay Living Center to celebrate their special day with coffee, cookies, flags and conversation.
     
    The salute to military service broadened as many of the residents told the story of their time in the various branches of the service.
    Robert Ward was in the U.S. Air Force for 6 years and then returned to civilian life as a Sales Manager. He also spent a lot of his time at the Sodus Lighthouse where his father was the caretaker. Richard Ramph was in the Marines for 3 years and then worked at Bloomer Brothers and at Mobile Chemical while John Scott was a Captain in the Air Force for 6 years and returned to civilian life working for United Airlines.  Victor Snyder had a glitter in his eyes as he spoke about his 3 years in the United States Army and then claimed that he became a 'Jack of all trades'.  His son mentioned that his dad also had a 34 year span at Kodak. Richard Wacenske, who had an engineer background,  was eager to relate how his skills were used during his time in the Army while Richard Johnson went on about his 20 years as a paratrooper. Orlo Covert had served in the Infantry for 5 years and, once discharged, spent his civilian time as a machinist.
     
    Many stories were brought to life as these special veterans reminisced about their past accomplishments. They claimed that, oftentimes, no one ever asks them about their days of service to our country, so they were more than happy to share stories of the past with the Elks who presented each of them with an American flag to help celebrate their day.
     
    The Elks will always continue to support programs that honor the men and women who served and are presently serving our country.  For additional information about the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, call 331-1249 or go to www.Elks.org.

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