Veterans Saluted at Dinner

By on November 18, 2015
Sen. Ryan Aument speaks with Raymond C. Wallance Jr., a member of the 82nd Airborne.

Sen. Ryan Aument speaks with Raymond C. Wallance Jr., a member
of the 82nd Airborne.

Horizons of Northern Lancaster County hosted its eighth annual salute to veterans Nov. 14 at the former Gerber-Moyer building in Ephrata, and with more than 300 people attending, the dinner was deemed a success.

When speaking about the event, the Rev. David R. Brumbaugh, pastor of St. Johns UCC in Denver and chairman of the board of directors, said, “It is a chance to honor the veterans who served in the military to defend our freedom, not just overseas, but here in our own country, as well.”

Brumbaugh went on to say, “We are not here to glorify war, but to remember the people who served and came back home.”

One of those who served and attended the dinner was Raymond C. Wallace Jr., who will soon turn 92.

“I parachuted in on Normandy Beach on D-Day (June 6, 1944),” remembered Wallace, who proudly wore his full Army uniform, which still fit. “I was a member of the 82nd Airborne,”

Also attending the gala was State Sen. Ryan Aument, who defended his country in Iraq in 2003.

“Ever since I fought in Iraq, I take advantage of every opportunity to pause and reflect on those who served in all areas,” Aument said.

At one table were a group of former Navy Seabees, who are all members of the Lancaster County Chapter of NSVA (Navy Seabees Veterans Association).

In the group were Freed Humall, 89, who served from 1944-46 in Okinawa; Tom Wilownik, 73, who served in the Philippines from 1962-66; and Jeff Snyder, who served from 1974-78.

Each veteran enjoys getting together and swapping stories with other fellow veterans.

“It is the community showing their gratitude,” said Snyder.

The guest speaker for the evening was Major Robert M. McCuthrie, a resident of New Holland and teacher at Garden Spot High School.

“I want to focus on veterans throughout history,” said McCuthrie. “From the baby boomers to today. I wanted to make sure to involve the younger veterans.”

The attendees were entertained by a live performance from the band, Mitch and the Moodswings and treated to a dinner.

The event was at no cost to the veterans and their guests.

“All the funds needed were donated by the sponsors,” said Brumbaugh. “The amount is not important, but the service each of these men and woman gave is what is most important.”

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