Honoring those who served


By Morgan McKinniss



As a part of South Gallia’s Veterans Day a gun salute was performed by VFW post 4464. The shells from the fired rounds were given to the guest speakers, James and Christine Cozza.


Morgan McKinniss|OVP

James Cozza, an Air Force veteran of 27 years spoke about the relationship between the military and civilians since World War One.


Morgan McKinniss|OVP

VFW Post 4464 presented to colors at several schools in Gallia County Friday, shown here at South Gallia High School.


Morgan McKinniss|OVP

South Gallia FFA performed a special flag folding ceremony, explaining the purpose of each fold and presenting the flag to James Cozza for his service.


Morgan McKinniss|OVP

First Grade students at Southern Elementary sing patriotic songs during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program.


Sarah Hawley|OVP

Veterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program at Southern Elementary.


Sarah Hawley|OVP

Fourth grade teacher and Air Force veteran Missy Hoback speaks to those in attendance at the Veterans Day program at Southern Local on Friday morning.


Sarah Hawley|OVP

Stephen Roderick spoke at Gallia Academy last Friday as a part of the veterans day proceedings.


Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

The Madrigals at Gallia Academy sang as a tribute to the veterans in attendance.


Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

VFW Post 4464 was present at the Gallia Academy High School assembly, where they were honored for their service in the military and to veterans in Gallia County.


Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

Students from Addaville Elementary paid tribute to the 56 veterans in attendance by singing songs to them.


Courtesy|Brandon Mitchem

OHIO VALLEY — Schools throughout the Ohio Valley honored veterans Friday. Honored guests attended ceremonies, spoke about their time in the service, and gave wise advice to the coming generations on loyalty, dedication, and patriotism.

According to Bill Mangus, post commander for Veterans of Foreign Wars 4464, over five million young men and women were in military service during the Vietnam Conflict. Of those, 2.5 million saw combat in Vietnam. Today, there are less than 800,000 remaining Vietnam combat veterans alive. At that rate, 300 Vietnam veterans die each day.

“For some reason we are dying off faster than vets from other conflicts,” said Mangus. “They are saying that we will not be here in 10 years. Every day that the sun comes up is a good day to us.”

Some schools went the extra mile for veterans, serving them a free meal as a way to thank them for their service. Others sang songs to the veterans, hoping to convey their appreciation for their sacrifice. Not only were veterans honored and given words of encouragement, veterans also gave back to the students.

“When young people join the military, they join a special team,” said James Cozza, retired Air Force Colonel. “Because they are on that special team, they should never have to face life alone.”

Cozza spoke well of his fellow servicemen and women, seeking to pay tribute to those who never see themselves as heroes. He finished his speech with one piece of advice for students.

“As high school students, you can’t do much for vets,” said Cozza. “But when you see a veteran; go up to them, reach out your hand, look them in the eye and say ‘thank you’. Nothing will mean more to them.”

Sound advice for us all as we honor those still with us and remember those who have gone on before us in the line of duty.

As a part of South Gallia’s Veterans Day a gun salute was performed by VFW post 4464. The shells from the fired rounds were given to the guest speakers, James and Christine Cozza.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_DSC_093520171110144149785.jpgAs a part of South Gallia’s Veterans Day a gun salute was performed by VFW post 4464. The shells from the fired rounds were given to the guest speakers, James and Christine Cozza. Morgan McKinniss|OVP

James Cozza, an Air Force veteran of 27 years spoke about the relationship between the military and civilians since World War One.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_DSC_091320171110144155933.jpgJames Cozza, an Air Force veteran of 27 years spoke about the relationship between the military and civilians since World War One. Morgan McKinniss|OVP

VFW Post 4464 presented to colors at several schools in Gallia County Friday, shown here at South Gallia High School.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_DSC_08982017111014420690.jpgVFW Post 4464 presented to colors at several schools in Gallia County Friday, shown here at South Gallia High School. Morgan McKinniss|OVP

South Gallia FFA performed a special flag folding ceremony, explaining the purpose of each fold and presenting the flag to James Cozza for his service.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_DSC_09192017111014425456.jpgSouth Gallia FFA performed a special flag folding ceremony, explaining the purpose of each fold and presenting the flag to James Cozza for his service. Morgan McKinniss|OVP

First Grade students at Southern Elementary sing patriotic songs during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_DSC_090120171110144210704.jpgFirst Grade students at Southern Elementary sing patriotic songs during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program. Sarah Hawley|OVP

Veterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program at Southern Elementary.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_MEIGS-320171110144212127.jpgVeterans salute during the playing of the National Anthem during Friday morning’s Veterans Day program at Southern Elementary. Sarah Hawley|OVP

Fourth grade teacher and Air Force veteran Missy Hoback speaks to those in attendance at the Veterans Day program at Southern Local on Friday morning.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_MEIGS-220171110144213787.jpgFourth grade teacher and Air Force veteran Missy Hoback speaks to those in attendance at the Veterans Day program at Southern Local on Friday morning. Sarah Hawley|OVP

Stephen Roderick spoke at Gallia Academy last Friday as a part of the veterans day proceedings.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_GAHS-320171110152912182.jpgStephen Roderick spoke at Gallia Academy last Friday as a part of the veterans day proceedings. Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

The Madrigals at Gallia Academy sang as a tribute to the veterans in attendance.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_GAHS-220171110152913898.jpgThe Madrigals at Gallia Academy sang as a tribute to the veterans in attendance. Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

VFW Post 4464 was present at the Gallia Academy High School assembly, where they were honored for their service in the military and to veterans in Gallia County.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_GAHS-120171110152915606.jpgVFW Post 4464 was present at the Gallia Academy High School assembly, where they were honored for their service in the military and to veterans in Gallia County. Courtesy|Amanda Bailey

Students from Addaville Elementary paid tribute to the 56 veterans in attendance by singing songs to them.
http://www.mydailytribune.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/42/2017/11/web1_AE-1.jpgStudents from Addaville Elementary paid tribute to the 56 veterans in attendance by singing songs to them. Courtesy|Brandon Mitchem

By Morgan McKinniss

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