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Mulberry Square honors veterans

November 11, 2012

State Rep. Sam Smith (back, left) and veterans Blaine Dorsey (back, second from right) and Gene McKee (back, right) participated in a Veterans’ Day program Sunday at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center. (Photo by Destiny Pifer/The Punxsutawney Spirit)

PUNXSUTAWNEY— Sunday was a beautiful, warm day at Mulberry Square Elder Care & Rehabilitation Center, as the veterans who now reside there were honored.

The Veterans' Day program was started five years ago by Vickie Amundson, Mulberry activities director.

Having recognized that many of the veterans living at Mulberry Square couldn't get out to any of the other memorials, she decided to have one for them there.

"I feel they need recognition" said Amundson.

She approached State Rep. Sam Smith five years ago to come and speak and, from then on, he has gladly accepted every invitation to come back.

Sunday's program began at 2 p.m. with Dyrk Couser singing two patriotic songs, "Yanky Doodle Dandy" and "Grand Ole Flag."

Then 6-year-old Mercy Smith, a student at Longview Elementary, sang a few patriotic songs that she learned in school, as well as reciting a poem.

The veterans were then honored with a glass vase holding red, white and blue roses.

Two local veterans who came to the event, Gene McKee, who served in the U.S. Navy and fought in World War II; and Blaine Dorsey, a U.S. Army medical aide who fought in Korea, both were presented with special flag pins.

Smith gave a speech after a tribute video honoring veterans was aired.
"I think of Veterans’ Day as a living memorial" he said.

"We need to pass on the meaning of Veterans' Day to our children and grandchildren."

Smith went on to name a few memorials in Jefferson County which pay tribute to those who have served our country.

At Barclay Square is a dedication to those who served and fought in Vietnam. A few weeks ago, a bridge in Brookville was dedicated to the Purple Heart veterans.

By the Brookville courthouse is a memorial wall for those who fought in different wars. There is also the Circle Hill Cemetery, which is not only a burial site for veterans, but a memorial as well.

The following veterans were honored at Mulberry Square: William Decker, Joe Pierce, Bill Smith, Arch Serion, Clyde Evans, Roy Boucit, Robert Mallin, Gordon Rockey, Charles Kovacit, Joe Palmer, Clyde Tramer, Robert Magill, Joe Hill, Harry "Ed" Smith, Mac Klin Synder, Sam Powers and Gerald Evans.

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