Music and words combine to honor veterans past and present
When Scott Wood plays "Echo Taps" on his bugle during the
annual Veterans Day Ceremony at the Bethel Congregational United Church of Christ, he admits he's thinking about the poignance of the holiday while focusing on getting his notes just right.
"It's both," he said before heading to the podium to play. "It makes you think."
Wood, who served in the Korean War as part of his U.S. Army service between 1962 and 1964, said he's honored to volunteer his time and bugling ability to add something special to the observance.
"This is a day to recognize and honor the past," he said, "and pay tribute to veterans past and present."
Several speakers, including Post Commander Marv Doty and Beaverton Mayor Denny Doyle, shared their feelings about the day's true meaning in between performances from Wood and local musicians and singers. Soprano Anna Kazakova sang "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," while the Southridge High School choir performed "Good Night, Dear Heart," a poem Mark Twain left on his daughter's grave.
Larry Hill, vice commander of the American Legion of Oregon, encouraged the audience members who filled every pew and aisle space in the sanctuary to express appreciation for veterans' service especially if it appears he or she is in distress.
"It's up to us to ensure every veteran is appreciated," he said. "One of the easiest ways is to put an arm around them," and say, "'Thank you.' Let us always treat our veterans as the heroes that they are."
Emily O'Quinn, whose son, Robert, performed with the Southridge Choir, said the annual ceremony makes her think of her grandfather, who fought in both World War II and Korea.
"It's nice to remember him," she said. "It's a beautiful ceremony, and it's beautiful to see how we honor both those who have fallen and those still with us."Add a comment