Service honors veterans

Andrea Rose
Christine Frederick, VFW state veterans service chair, thanks veterans for their service during her keynote talk on Saturday at the Veterans Day service in Greencastle.

About 75 men, women and children ventured out on a chilly Saturday morning in Greencastle to honor veterans and thank them for their service.

"We're here to celebrate Veterans Day by honoring servicemen and women," explained Dale Sheller, VFW district commander.

The service was held at Greencastle Borough Hall and part of Washington Street was closed so that veterans, their families and community members could fill the street in support.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 99 stood by to express gratitude.

"I can show my respect and thanks by doing this," said Ben King, assistant senior patrol leader. "It's important to celebrate everything they've done for us."

After a blessing by Jeff Ehko of Cornerstone Bible Church, Robert Brown Sr., commander of Harry D. Zeigler Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 6319 in Greencastle, introduced the keynote speaker, Christine Frederick, VFW state veterans service chair.

"Now, with everything going on in the world, it's very important to show respect and gratitude for the sacrifices they gave for our freedom," Frederick said.

Frederick, of Brogue, York County, was a first sergeant in the Pennsylvania National Guard; a graduate of military police school; and an LPN and medic.

"Sometimes, we are asked to do unpleasant things, but we do them because that's how we were taught to do it without question," Frederick said.

She reflected on Sept. 11. "That is why we continue to fight today. Please continue to give us support."

She said only 1 percent of Americans have served in the armed forces. "Today, I ask you to remember the obligations and sacrifices that were made."

And she acknowledged families who stood by as their loved ones worked. "You are the backbone of support for us so we are able to do what we do," Frederick said.

Frederick closed by thanking veterans for keeping our country free, especially those who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

"I stand for the National Anthem. I kneel for the fallen," Frederick said.