Veterans Day celebration held at Pickens Senior Center

On Nov. 12, the Pickens Senior Center honored local veterans for their years of service to our country. The event was held at the Hagood Center. The program of honor began with the presentation of the flag followed by the Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem. A Veterans Table and Boots, Rifle and Helmet were on display to remind attendees of those who have fought for our country, but are listed as prisoners of war or are no longer with us. A number of patriotic songs were sung prior to Charlie Tapp’s presentation, “Recognition of Veterans.” Tapp invited veterans to share any comments they wished, prior to the retirement of the flag and a closing prayer. After the ceremony, all veterans were invited to remain for a group picture and lunch. Seated are Jim Pace, Navy, WW2; Michael O’Cain, Air Force; Marion Aiken, National Guard and Navy; Raymond Dawkins, Army; George Boney, Army and Air Force; Carl Porter Army; Margie Reeves, Air Force; Earl Reeves, Army and Guy Hester Army. Standing are Stanly Morgan, Navy; Glen Grant, Air Force; Evan Chastain, Air Force; Harry Moraska, Army; Charlie West, Air Force; Terry Houston, National Guard; Ron Day, Navy; Bob Carver, Army; Dale Davis, Army; Leroy Johnson, Air Force; Charlie Tapp; Tommy Porter, Army; Richard Authur; Billy Singleton, Navy Air Corp; Jack Holcombe, Navy/Army MP; David Gravely, Army; Henry Kirkland, Mariners; Frank Richie, Army; and Donnie McKinney, Navy.