Veterans honored during program at South Adams
Adams County Commissioner Doug Bauman, a veteran of Vietnam, told those attending the South Adams Veterans Day program on Thursday that he knows what it’s like to watch those close to you literally drop by your side, victims of the war in Vietnam.
Bauman, who received two Purple Hearts and the Seal of Honor, among other awards, came home from Vietnam with scars on his body and heart from laying his life on the line in the tough war.
“Veterans, isn’t it wonderful to have a ceremony like this in our honor?” said Bauman with passion. “On behalf of all vets, we appreciate the opportunity to attend and honor our veterans.”
Bauman, who was in education for over 30 years, explained that Veterans Day is a time to remember the 23 million veterans that are still alive in the United States. Another military holiday, Memorial Day, was established to honor those who gave their lives.
“It still gives me goose bumps and tears when they play the Marine Corps hymn,” said Bauman. “In spite of the branch of service, nearly every vet that I am acquainted with says that they would do it all over again.”
Bauman said that when he was 18-years old, the country was still operating under the draft law.
“When the draft ended, the average American didn’t have information on the military because they weren’t involved,” observed Bauman. “When we came home there wasn’t a huge welcome. Vets live together, fight together, die together and give their hearts together.”
The South Adams Stardome was filled with students, parents and numerous veterans who attended the special service. A group from the South Adams Elementary presented a choral presentation. Bauman is the grandfather of South Adams Elementary students Logan and Luke Bauman.
One of the most moving portions of the program occurred when a group from the Fort Wayne Honor Guard made a presentation concerning the symbolism of folding the flag.
Thirteen different folds are symbolic of life, belief in eternal life, honoring memories of the departed, divine guidance, our country, pledge of allegiance, armed forces, valley of the shadow of death, womanhood, fathers who give their sons and daughters, the Trinity and those who served.
Holly and Drew Taylor paid tribute to their brother, Nick.
“Nick was the kind of person who cared about everybody,” said Holly. “When I first found out that he was killed, I was angry at God. Now, I know I will see him one day in the presence of God.”
“He loved Jesus, America and football,” said Drew, of Nick. “I was blessed by God and privileged to attend high school with him.”
Grayson Hogg, who headed up a project to raise money for the Taylors, presented the family with a check for $700 to be applied to the Nick Taylor Scholarship Fund.
Many students remained in silent reflection as “Taps” brought the service to a close.
Randall Kongar, a student, noted, “I get chills whenever they play, ‘Taps.’ Every time I hear it, it gets to me. I really appreciate all the veterans did for us. I have a lot of pride in them.”
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