January 20, 2021

Local veterans honored for Veterans Day 2020

Local veterans still shown appreciation despite cancelation of usual ceremonies

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A few special things have still been done to honor veterans without having any assemblies or large group ceremonies due to COVID-19 precautions and restrictions. No school assembly was held this year but that doesn’t mean the community forgot about this group of former servicemen and women. The Davis-Pence Post 69 posted flags at Maple Hill Cemetery Tuesday and will begin removing them by Thursday at 3 p.m. with volunteers to help.

One local Korean War veteran was honored in a private ceremony recently. Robert D. Endrulat, who served in the Korean War from 1952 to 1954, was awarded a hand-carved eagle cane on behalf of the Michigan Woodcarvers Association.

The Michigan Woodcarvers Association has instituted a program to honor qualifying veterans with hand-carved canes through their “Lean On Me” project. In this project, the Association provides wood to carving artisans to create their individual eagle head cane handle. No two are the same. The cane is then individualized with the name of the veteran and his service record specifics. The finished cane is presented to the veteran by an individual who is currently serving in the military. In this case, the military person is Mr. Endrulat’s youngest daughter, Lieutenant Colonel Jill H. Adams of the U. S. Army Reserve. The cane was carved by his older daughter, Robin Bouscher, a Michigan woodcarver.

The Endrulat family is happy to have been able to honor their hero with this special token of appreciation. In the words used during presentation, “A Veteran-whether man or woman, active duty, retired, separated, National Guard, or reserve- is someone who, at one point in their life, wrote a blank check payable to the ‘United States of America’ for an amount ‘up to and including my life.”

Lynch Livestock and the Lynch Family Foundation are donating to veterans and their families again this year by donating pork.

250,000 pounds in total will be donated this year to veterans.

“This is the seventh or eighth year we’ve been doing this,” said Garry Lynch, owner of Lynch Livestock.

They passed out pork at the Clarke County Fair Grounds events center Tuesday afternoon and help a supper in the evening.