Under sunny skies, a small group gathered Wednesday at the Veterans 2000 Plaza in Mountain Home to honor those who have served in our nation’s armed forces. Local veterans organizations, area officials and former and current service members posted colors, joined in the national anthem and heard remarks from this year’s guest speaker, Dr. George Wolford.Rev. Dr. Wolford of Mountain Home is himself a professor in psychology, as well as an active veterans advocate. He spoke on the need for and success of volunteers for veterans issues, particularly in the area of suicide prevention.
Wolford detailed the work he and other local activists and elected officials have done in implementing programs to reduce the alarming rate of veteran suicide in Baxter County.
In closing, Dr. Wolford praised the recent passage of state and federal legislation creating greater aid for vets and implored past service members and the community to join the fight.
The service concluded with the 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps” in memory of the fallen.
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