Pictures taken at the Carroll County Veterans Memorial Park on the Saturday before Veterans Day. It had rained most of the morning, so we had decided that if it was raining 20 minutes before the 11AM starting time, we would reschedule the event to Nov. 11th, but if it was not raining then we would begin and deal with the rain if it came. At the appointed time to cancel or go forward the rain stopped and it did not rain during the whole celebration. Within 30 minutes after the event, the rain began again.



The National Anthem was led by Courtney Vance (left) and Anna Carnes - Congratulating them are LTC Barry Gardner (USA Ret.) and Past Post 143 Commander Ronnie Pate.


Keynote Speaker was Col. Ben Malcom (USA Ret.). During the Korean War he was an insurgent and served in what was the forerunner to what is known today as the U.S. Army Special Forces. He routinely conducted covert operations from behind the North Korean enemy lines and was responsible for rallying hundreds of North Korean sympathizers and freedom fighters, from the seclusion of a private island in the South Korean Sea in 1952. Working in coordination with the CIA the whole operation was top secret and it was not until the mid-1990s that the details of his assignments were declassified. He told his story by using maps and pictures. The 1997 book “The White Tigers” tells the stories of Col. Ben Malcom


Post 143 Rifle Team and Bugler participated in the 2015 Veterans Day Observance.


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