Remembering Their Service

In observing Flag Day on Sunday, Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 of Vandalia also celebrated the 95th birthday of the post and honored local World War II veterans. Here, WWII vet Miles Filer salutes the flag during the national anthem.

Local World War II veterans who were honored during a Flag Day program at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Home on Sunday stand at attention during the playing of ‘Taps.’ From left are Brad Elmore, Floyd Meseke, James Lackey, Wayne Hale, Carlos Biellier, Dwight Hagy, Harry Michel, Miles Filer, John A. Perry, Cy Locke, Cecil Williams, Walter Johnson, Bill Oliver and David Goldsboro.

Connie Bolyard sings ‘God Bless America.’

Brad Brannon, the current Post 95 commander, served as master of ceremonies.

WWII vet Brad Elmore reads the words to ‘Taps.’

Post 95 Adjutant James Harrison reads ‘I Am Your Flag.’

George Meseke of Post 95 interviewed the 13 World War II veterans who were present for the Flag Day program. Above, he talks to Dwight Hagy, right, as Carlos Biellier, center, and Wayne Hale look on.

George Meseke stands at attention after posting the American Flag at the start of Sunday’s Flag Day program at the Crawford-Hale American Legion Post 95 Hom

Local musician Ed Taylor Jr. sings one of two songs that he performed during Sunday’s program.

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