|6/13/2018 4:16:00 AM|
Remembering the Greatest Generation
Birthday celebration held at Jenkins Care Community
World War II veteran Rollie Fetherolf is presented with a drawn picture of himself by Owen King who is a student at Westview Elementary School in Jackson. (Telegram Photos By Red Thompson, Jr.)
Jackson County Veterans Affairs Officer Arnold Tripp speaks of the horrors and accomplishments of D-Day and the accomplishments of the Greatest Generation.
On June 6, 1944, one of the most famous events in world history took place that will forever be called D-Day. It was a day when troops from the United States, United Kingdom and other Allied nations stormed the coast of France to set up a western front to combat Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers.
On Wednesday afternoon, June 6, the second annual celebration honoring World War II veterans and birthdays was held at Jenkins Care Community in Wellston. Veterans of the Korean and Vietnam wars were also recognized as well as the birthdays of the veterans and residents. The event was hosted by Jenkins Care Community Outreach Coordinator Sandy Borden.
The keynote speaker was Jackson County Veterans Service Officer Arnold Tripp who spoke on the topic of D-Day. He explained that 425,000 Allied troops were either killed, wounded or were missing in action along with the 2,000 soldiers who died on Omaha Beach in Normandy, France.
Tripp called the people who lived through this era as "The Greatest Generation" also noting the millions of women who went to work and helped win the war on the home front.
"They survived the Depression, won World War II, went to college on the GI bill, rebuilt Europe and Japan and set the tone for their children to have a better life," said Tripp. "Today, we honor them."
There were six World War II veterans at Jenkins Care Community who were honored. Those veterans were: Rollie Fetherolf, Judge Roy Gilliland, Charles Kirkendall, Wayne Rice, Edwin Simpson, and James Wilson.
In a special part of the presentation, Wellston Mayor Connie Pelletier declared D-Day as an officially recognized day in Wellston. "We should recognize the contributions of World War II veterans and their contributions not only today but every day," she said.
Borden also recognized the birthdays of the older Jenkins Care Community residents and everyone enjoyed some cake and punch to note the occasion.
Those who were honored for 90-plus years included: Norma Adams, Annabelle Caldwell, Dorothy Dalton, Christine Davis, Bethel Downard, Rollie Fetherolf, Margaret Fox, Roy Gilliland, Ruby Griffith, Erma Hampton, Marvel Karr, Charles Kirkendall, Eileene Mapes, Les Miller, Lelah Murdoch, Wayne Rice, Gladia Ridge, Fayma Roberts, Edwin Simpson, Mary Storer, Althea Strong, Margie Waugh, Effie Williams, and James Wilson.
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