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Hundreds honor courage, devotion, patriotism and sacrifice

The Indian Lake Community Church overflowed Sunday with more than 400 people pouring in to honor more than 100 veterans in attendance for a Veterans’ Day service celebrating “Courage, Devotion, Patriotism, Sacrifice.”

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ABOVE: Senior Pastor and retired CH Maj. Gen. John B. Ellington Jr., USAF, right, shakes hands with Elmer “Butch” Griffin, center, and his fellow World War II veterans, from left, Don Cooper and Dwight Kirk, who were honored before some 400 attendees of the Veterans’ Day celebration Sunday at Indian Lake Community Church. FRONT PAGE PHOTO: Church officials estimate more than 400 area residents and more than 100 veterans were in attendance Sunday for the Veterans’ Day celebration at Indian Lake Community Church in Russells Point. (EXAMINER PHOTOS | RICK PITTS)

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Alexus Hicks of Russells Point lights a candle during the Veterans’ Day celebration Sunday at Indian Lake Community Church. (EXAMINER PHOTO | RICK PITTS)

Senior Pastor and retired CH Maj. Gen. John B. Ellington Jr., USAF, offered the homily, No Greater Love, honoring fallen servicemen- and women.

Among the honorees were the three Logan County servicemen who died most recently, Dennis Hansen, Jeremy Hodge and David A. Spicer. Doug Chivington of the Wounded Warrior Project displayed the organization’s traveling bust and talked briefly about its mission, which raised funds for busts of the three fallen soldiers.

The Rev. Ellington recognized Robert MacDonald, Bob Clark and Bob Bissett each as double Purple Heart recipients. “That is amazing because they were wounded and sent back and wounded a second time,” the chaplain affirmed.

Dwight Kirk, Don Cooper and Elmer “Butch” Griffin were also singled out as World War II veterans in attendance.

With the aid of Official Chaplain’s Assistant, Retired Tom LaDow, the Rev. Ellington presented more than 100 veterans in attendance with a golden coin commemorating their service. Veteran Bill “Popeye” Myers arranged for more than 70 Doyle R. Miller AMVETS Post members and wives to attend the inaugural event.

Services also included the rededication of the Lynn Ferguson Memorial Chimes, in memory of the 1964 Indian Lake High School graduate who was killed in Vietnam in 1967.

The Russells Point Police Department, which includes several military veterans in its ranks, provided traffic control when the festivities moved outdoors for a 21-gun salute, bagpipe selections and the retiring of the colors by the AMVETS color guard.

Festivities concluded with a luncheon arranged by the women of the church, with assistance from the AMVETS Women’s Auxiliary.

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