Several area residents and dignitaries gathered Saturday for the dedication of the Wetzel County Wall of Honor, located beside New Martinsville's American Legion Marne Post #28.
Legion Commander Duncan Graham was the first to speak at the ceremony that was graced with sunshine. He stated that the flag pole that now stands before the memorial is dedicated to the late Danny Morris who "was one of the first to embrace the project and unfortunately was not able to see its completion." Legion Chaplain William "Buzz" Angus followed Graham's remarks, giving the prayer prior to the dedication, praying for God's blessings "upon our flag . . . upon all of those who serve our country."
"We all remember our departed comrades who showed their loyalty," Angus prayed, adding "We pray especially for our comrades in the hospital."
Saturday’s dedication of the Wetzel County Wall of Honor had a large turnout.
Sons of the American Legion Commander Matt Bland, along with Legion Member Wendy Bailes, were both honored by Delegate Dave Pethtel (D-WV) and State Senator Larry Edgell (D-WV) for their dedication to the project.
Each were provided with a medallion that came from West Virginia's Committee of Veterans' Affairs Committee and Veterans Assistance Secretary Rick Thompson. Edgell stated that the representatives had also brought a flag from Charleston.
Wetzel County Commission Vice President Larry Lemon described the project as "a labor of love . . . in tribute to the many people who have without hesitation served our country." He further stated that the wall was "an example of unselfish love and devotion to our country . . . it is to be applauded, and we are so grateful for the work."
Bland also took a moment to speak, stating that the wall "is an emblem of our freedom and has been constructed to honor the servicemen and women of Wetzel County." He added, "It's more than a list of names. It's a symbol that reflects the labors of military men and women."