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Valued Veterans 2019

Pictured, April 2019 Valued Veterans, front row, Ivan Campbell, Larry Johns, William Meyer, Bruce McCandlish, Kenneth Bence, James Miller, Pat Shannon; second row, Eric Bayles, Jack Tucker, David Finley, Ed Hayes, Kenneth Sims, Donald Nees, Butch McElwee, and Gene Hawkins; third row, Steve Witmer, Darrell Newcomb, Robert Gochanour, Donald Dorn, Frank Tucker, Glenn Auffendord, Gary Grounds, Jack Derousse, and Robert Campbell.

CHARLESTON -- The 2nd Charleston Moose Valued Veterans Ceremony was held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the Charleston Moose Lodge.

The program is an opportunity to recognize and honor those veterans associated with the Moose. The men and women of the Moose worked together to provide a "Wall of Honor" in the Lodge where the names of all Valued Veterans are displayed.

The first ceremony was held in November 2018, recognizing those veterans that were identified prior to October 1, 2018. The program in April recognized Valued Veterans identified between October 1, 2018 and February 28, 2019. Each Valued Veteran receives a certificate of recognition, a pin, and a voucher for a meal at the Moose. The programs are always open to the public.

The Eastern Illinois University ROTC Color Guard has presented the colors for each program. 

The programs included the National Anthem and God Bless America by Chase Bossler, Juliane Sharp, and Jillian Symonds.

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The Valued Veterans Program recognizes those that have been honorably discharged from the military. All branches of the military have been represented. The next program will be held in November, where veterans identified between March 1 and September 30 will be recognized.

Attendance at each program has been around 120.

For more information about the Valued Veteran Program, you can contact the Charleston Moose at 217-345-2012 or Angie Campbell at 217-276-5167.

Additional background on the program is available on the Moose website at www.mooseintl.org/valued-veterans-about/

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