Area veterans recognized at Besore Library event

PAT FRIDGEN, Echo Pilot
Area children participated in a program at Besore Library honoring veterans. They are part of a homeschooling association, the Franklin Learning Activity Group. Pictured, from left, front row: Cara Bishop, 7, Gabrielle Coote, 7, Maddy Coote, 10. Back row: Max McCullough, 11, and Kayann Coote, 12.

The first Veterans Appreciation Day at Lilian S. Besore Memorial Library brought out servicemen from World War II to the present, and homeschooling families interested in honoring America’s military.

Besore staff member Sharon Zaretskie welcomed the crowd of about 35, and Girl Scout Troop 80189 performed the color guard duties.

Maxwell McCullough, a young boy, recited a patriotic poem from memory, followed by retired Sergeant Major Duane Schroyer, who explained the history of Veterans Day.

Military memorabilia filled several tables, with materials from the collections of Richard Walck, Dale Beaver, Clyde Stair and Zaretskie.

A banner hanging on the wall signed by Besore patrons offered personal messages to veterans. The library provided refreshments at the event in the new community room.

The idea for the appreciation day was triggered by a comment from a patron. Zaretskie said it took off, with assistance from a number of people, including members of American Legion Post 373 and VFW Post 6319.

“It has never been done before,” she said. “We felt it was overdue. We have the facilities now.”