WHEELING - Members of the Civil Air Patrol Wheeling Composite Squadron will serve as the color guard Friday evening as The Intelligencer and Wheeling News-Register and Bordas & Bordas of Wheeling present a special musical tribute honoring area veterans at Wheeling's Heritage Port.
Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander Capt. Todd Sherman said they are proud to serve as the color guard for this special event that is part of the 38th annual Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic and Memorial Day weekend activities.
"We are honored that we we're asked to do this," said Sherman, adding it is fitting to get the young men and women of the squadron, who he referred to as future leaders, involved in such a special tribute.
TO?PRESENT?COLORS — Members of the Civil Air Patrol Wheeling Composite Squadron will present the nation’s colors Friday evening during a special musical tribute to honor area veterans at Wheeling’s Heritage Port. Pictured practicing for the event are, from left, Civil Air Patrol Squadron Commander Capt. Todd Sherman, Capt. Jeff Wheeler, 2nd Lt. Cadet Commander Luke Knollinger, Technical Sgt. Garrett McCroskey and Ogden Newspapers Half Marathon Classic Race Director R. “Scat” Scatterday. -- Scott McCloskey
The free event, set for 7:45 p.m. at Wheeling's Heritage Port, will feature the 30-plus member Allegheny Brass Band playing patriotic songs. All veterans will be recognized during the event and a special honor and recognition will be given to all World War II and Korean War veterans in attendance, according to Race Director R. "Scat" Scatterday, a Vietnam War veteran. He said the public is invited and encouraged to attend to kick off the Memorial Day weekend of events.
Scatterday said honoring area veterans during both the torch relay and evening concert is the least that can be done for those who have served and defended our country. He said younger cadets will act as ushers and participate in the color guard during the concert.
The annual torch relay is scheduled to start at 4 p.m. Friday at the Osiris Shrine Temple in Elm Grove and travel on the final six miles of the half marathon course. Scatterday said as each year passes, it has become increasingly more difficult for the older World War II and Korean War veterans to walk in the torch run.
Scatterday said he is requesting all World War II and Korean War veterans, or their families, to contact him personally so he can gather information about them to personally honor them on stage during the Friday evening concert.
He said he has a list of about 35 veterans being honored during that event. He can be reached by calling 304-281-0512.