‘Who More than Self Loved Their Country’

By Gary Kulp

June 2, 2011

American legion Post 859, Newfoundland, PA offered the “Salute” at the Memorial Day observance outside the Sterling United Methodist Church

The Historians of Sterling Township held their annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 30th, led by June Phillips, President.  Guest speaker Wayne County Commissioner Brian W. Smith gave a speech inspiring everyone to continue the dreams for which our forefathers fought and gave their lives.  Reverend William Henwood of the Jericho Independent Church, in his Invocation, encouraged everyone attending to remember this solemn and sacred day by honoring those who loved their country more than self.

The color guard from American Legion Post 859, Newfoundland, gave a gun salute and played “Taps.”  Everyone remained silent while the American flag was raised by Donald Beemer and Roger Swingle, and the 158 names listed on the Sterling Township Honor Roll were respectively read aloud followed by a dignified moment of silence honoring all veterans past and present.  Gloria Kaye sang a solo of “God Bless the U.S.A.” and Rev. Henwood delivered the Benediction.  The ceremony was held at the front of the Veterans’ plaque located on the grounds of the United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall on Route 196.