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St. Elmo does great job of honoring veterans

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By Rich Bauer, Managing Editor

When it comes to paying tribute to the men and women who have served this country in the armed forces, both in war and time of peace, the community of St. Elmo has gone all out.

The committee that raised the necessary funds and saw the town's Veterans' Memorial through to completion presented the finished product to an extremely large crowd during the American Legion Post's Memorial Day program on Monday afternoon.

The new memorial, which features separate blocks of black marble for each war or conflict dating back to the War of 1812 and the Civil War, bears the names of 466 local residents who have served in the armed forces. In designing the memorial, the committee included a block that can be used to feature those involved in future conflicts.

The committee and community really did it up right.

Not only that, but the organizers of Monday's Memorial Day program presented a lineup of speakers that brought to life the sacrifices of those who have stepped forward when our country called.

Judge S. Gene Schwarm used V-mails, telegrams and other pieces of family history in telling about the service of his father, Stanley, which included time as a prisoner of war. State Rep. Ron Stephens (R-Greenville) delivered personal experiences during his time as a soldier in Vietnam.

Between these speeches and the unveiling of a new memorial, the community of St. Elmo showed that it's serious about honoring this country's veterans.