VFW Post 5669 in Oneida — and the post's Memorial Wall of Scott County's deceased military veterans — was the site of Monday's annual Memorial Day service. (Independent Herald photo/Paul Roy)
VFW Post 5669 in Oneida — and the post's Memorial Wall of Scott County's deceased military veterans — was the site of Monday's annual Memorial Day service. (Independent Herald photo/Paul Roy)

“Today we are here to honor these men on this wall, along with the thousands of other fallen heros from all wars.”

So began Alan R. Beaty’s brief Memorial Day address at the annual tribute to veterans at Oneida’s VFW Post #5669 on Monday — a poignant speech from the perspective of a former Marine staff sergeant who fought in the Iraqi War.

Beaty, a Winfield resident who in recent years has been a strong advocate of the Wounded Warrior Project, called Memorial Day “a day of celebration” for America, but one which was also “a day of solemn reflection” on the sacrifices given by our men and women in uniform, past and present.

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