Silver Creek honors those who served

SILVER CREEK – Around 45 people, including children, took time out of their schedules to recognize veterans on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.

A modest Veterans Day ceremony was held Monday morning at the Samuel J. Cimino VFW Post 6472 in the village of Silver Creek to honor the brave men and women who have served in the United States’ armed forces. Chautauqua County VFW Commander Ed Fik led the ceremony.

Groups present during the service included the Hanover American Legion Memorial Post 148, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary Post 6472, the J. Carter Knapp American Legion Post 953 in Forestville, the Silver Creek Overseas Veterans Association and the Navy Ship Auxiliary Post 231, as well as the VFW Post 6472.

An opening prayer was given by Post 6472 Chaplain Charlie Farley. After a brief moment of silence, Silver Creek Overseas Board President Jim Lisa led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. Members of the Silver Creek Boy Scouts Troop 252 then recited the Scout Oath.

Fik spoke about the meaning of Veterans Day and provided a story about four U.S. Army chaplains (referred to as the “Immortal Chaplains”) who gave their lives to save other civilian and military personnel during the sinking of the USAT Dorchester, an army transport ship that was sunk by a torpedo from a German U-boat on Feb. 3, 1943 during World War II.

“People forget about those chaplains, but then they look at a picture and see them consoling passengers and giving out their own life jackets,” Fik said. “They sacrificed for someone else and stayed behind to help others, and we pay tribute to that.”

Fik said this was the largest amount of servicemembers who participated in the Silver Creek ceremony.

Following Fik’s remarks, the Honor Guard provided honors with a three-volley rifle salute, followed by taps played by Boy Scouts Troop 252.

Afterward, chili and light refreshments were made available by the Ladies Auxiliary to audience members and participants in the ceremony.

Jim Lisa thanked everyone who participated in making Veterans Day a special day.

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