KEYSER - Calling veterans “ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times,” guest speaker Thomas Payne paid tribute Monday to those men and women all over the United States who answered the call to serve their country.

By Liz Beavers
lbeavers@newstribune.info
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Calling veterans “ordinary people who responded in extraordinary ways in extreme times,” guest speaker Thomas Payne paid tribute Monday to those men and women all over the United States who answered the call to serve their country.
Payne, a Keyser High School graduate, candidate for the Jonah Edward Kelley Award, and U.S. Army veteran, was the featured speaker Monday morning at the annual Veterans Day program sponsored by the Keyser Area Veterans Association at Nancy Hanks VFW Post 3518.
“Our gathering here is just one small spark in the flame of pride … and one small way we can honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice,” Payne said.
David Frederick, commander of Boyce-Houser Post 41 American Legion, served as emcee of the program and introduced fellow veteran Wayne Gosnell, who gave the invocation, and KHS student Madyson Nikole Rayner, who sang the National Anthem.
All the post commanders present then presented a wreath in memory of those who have been lost, and Darlene Frederick, wife of David Frederick, read a poem.
The roll call of all Mineral County veterans who were lost during the various wars and conflicts was then given, with a solemn bell sounding after each name. Jake Ellifritz read the names of those lost during World War I; Lenny Armentrout and Paul McIlwee, World War II; Ted Twyman, Korea; and Mike Price, Vietnam, the Gulf War and Desert Storm.
The roll call was followed by a military salute by members of Queen’s Point VFW Post 6775, and Taps and Echo by Donovan Bush and Bryson Bush.
Following the program everyone was invited to a luncheon hosted by the VFW.
The Keyser Area Veterans Association is composed of Nancy Hanks VFW Post 3518, Boyce-Houser American Legion Post 41, Queen’s Point VFW Memorial Post 6775, and Washington Smith American Legion Post 152.