On a beautiful Memorial Day, several hundred people came to Shelburne’s Parade Ground to honor Shelburne’s veterans. This year’s ceremony was held at the recently-completed Shelburne Veterans’ Memorial for the first time. In addition, an American flag that once flew over the White House, which was a gift from Sen. Patrick Leahy, flew at half-staff next to the memorial.
Retired Colonel, Bud Ockert, U.S. Army organized the event, and he was joined on the podium by speakers Tom Little, the Master of Ceremonies, Rev. Greg Smith of the Shelburne United Methodist Church and Perry Melvin, Shelburne Veteran HM3, US Navy Combat Corpsman, Vietnam. The Shelburne Community School Band and Wind Ensemble performed the Star Spangled Banner, and Flynn Hall of SCS performed taps on her trumpet.
Boy Scout Troop #602 opened the ceremonies and later formally presented 82 new bricks for the monument, as well as Presenting the Wreath.
At the end of the ceremony, all of the veterans were asked to form a line, which allowed everyone to shake their hand to thank them for their service.