KEYSER - The Keyser Area Veterans Association once again joined together Monday to remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.

By Liz Beavers
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KEYSER - The Keyser Area Veterans Association once again joined together Monday to remember those who lost their lives in service to their country.
The annual Memorial Day program got underway at 11 a.m. at Potomac Memorial Gardens with Jake Ellifritz, commander of Nancy Hanks Post 3518 VFW, serving as emcee.
Once the flag was raised and the Keyser High School Band played the National Anthem, Wayne Gosnell, chaplain with the Boyce-Houser Post 41 American Legion, gave the invocation.
Commanders of the five veterans organizations then presented the memorial wreaths.
Dale Smith of Keyser, U.S. Army veteran of 20 years, was the guest speaker for the program.
Originally from Carpendale, Smith currently serves as pastor of Valley Baptist Church in Lost City, West Virginia. Prior to that, he was a correctional officer at the North Branch Correctional Facility for 15 years.
He was accompanied to the program by his wife Rebecca and sons Jesse and Jacob, who both attend Keyser High School.
Area veterans offered the traditional military salute, and Taps and Echo were performed by KHS Band members.
A luncheon followed the program at the Keyser VFW.
The Keyser Area Veterans Association is composed of Queen’s Point Memorial VFW Post 6775, Brian Houson, commander; Disabled American Veterans Chapter 9, Sean Bennett, commander; Boyce-Houser American Legion Post 41, David Frederick, commander; Nancy Hanks VFW Post 3518, Jake Ellifritz, commander; and Washington-Smith American Legion Post 152, Stewart Twyman, commander.
Washington-Smith Post also hosted a Memorial day program Monday at the Thorn Rose Cemetery in Keyser.