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Special program set for Loyalty Day

Monday, April 26, 2004

Wanda Batchelor, left, and Geneva Reese, look at a picture of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. which has their sons' names on it. VFW Post 1127 Adjutant John Schraedley holds the picture while the mothers remember their sons, Max Batchelor and Chester McClelland.

Vietnam veterans and 10 Clay County men who died in the Vietnam War will be honored at the Loyalty Day program and parade on May 1.

The program will start at 10:30 a.m. at the Forest Park Pavilion. After the presentation of the Colors, the Star Spangled Banner will be sung by Joe Dierdorff. Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Vietnam Veteran Col. Don Moreau, U.S. Army (Ret.), will speak, honoring all Veterans.

Ten Clay County men who died in the Vietnam War will be memorialized.

Vietnam Veteran Ron Johnson framed an enlarged picture of the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington D.C. Rubbings of the names, from the Memorial, of the 10 Clay County soldiers who were casualties in the war are placed either above or below the picture. Pictures of the men will be mounted by their names. A ribbon is attached to each etched rubbing and is directed to the spot on the D.C. Memorial where each man's name is actually located.

The men from Clay County who died serving their country in Vietnam and the dates of their deaths are:

- Sgt. Max W. Batchelor, U.S. Army 10/4/67
- HT2 Gary L. Boyce, U.S. Navy 1/1/73
- Spc. 4 Zettie J. Dulin, U.S. Army 4/27/70
- PSgt Harold Dickerson, U.S. Army 11/11/67
- Cpl. Jack G. Krider, U.S. Army 2/23/68
- Spc. 4 Dom E. Lee, U.S. Army 3/14/68
- Cpl. Chester R. McClelland, U.S. Army 8/23/68
- Pfc. Gary L. Rose, U.S. Army 7/29/70
- 1st Lt. Charles B. Ross, U.S.A.F. 9/11/69
- Spc. 4 Johnny L. Young, U.S. Army 11/28/69

The picture will be on permanent display at the American Legion Post 2 at 1015 S. Forest Avenue after the Loyalty Day service.

All Vietnam Veterans who are present will receive certificates of appreciation and lapel pins from Clay County Veteran Service Officer Les Walden, Commissioners Dave Parr, Buddy Knox and Daryl Andrews and Mayor Tom Arthur.

A drawing will then take place to distribute gifts and door prizes, valued over $2,000, to all veterans. The gifts were provided by donations from local merchants, clubs, organizations and individuals. They will consist of various styles of shirts and hats with the grand prize being a 20-inch color television.

After the service, lunch will be served free to all veterans and their families at the park pavilion (cow palace). It will be provided, cooked and served by the Brazil Elks Lodge 762 as their contribution to honoring the veterans. Please call for reservations for free dinner at 448-9015.

The line-up for the parade will begin at 1 p.m. at Depot Street and National Avenue with the parade starting at 2 p.m. The Parade Marshall will be Wanda Batchelor. She is the mother of Sgt. Max Batchelor who was the first casualty of the Vietnam War from Clay County.

Following the parade local VFW Post 1127 will serve hot dogs and soft drinks to parade participants in the VFW Hall at 103 W. Jackson Street. Trophies and prizes will be awarded to the winning parade entrants.

The seven-member Clay County Veterans Group and Patti Knuth helped organize the program and parade. All veterans, their families and friends and everyone who loves freedom and America are encouraged to attend the service.

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