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Local events scheduled to honor area veterans
Two different events in King George are focused on recognizing and helping veterans

 Leann West, 9, sings 'America the Beautiful' at a Veterans Day event at Berkeley Elementary. More events are planned today.
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Date published: 11/10/2012

By CATHY DYSON

King George Chapter 1616 of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the King George Ruritan Club will recognize the service of veterans during a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. Monday at King George Middle School.

It's one of several events in coming days to honor area veterans.

The King George group will award plaques to three veterans:

Allen "Allie" Ingraham, 86, of Westmoreland County joined the Army in 1944 and fought in the Battle of the Bulge in December of that year. He was a prisoner of war for 120 days in camp Stalag IV-B in Mühlberg, Germany.

John "Jack" Settle Short, 85, served in the Army in 1945 and 1946. The King George native served as a prison guard for 10 months at Nuremberg during the trials for war crimes.

Cyrus S. Jackson, 81, served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War. Also born in King George, he was among American forces that occupied Japan, for about six months, at the end of World War II.

The King George chapter also sponsored Elmer Morris of King George for a medal at the national convention of the United Daughters of Confederacy in Richmond on Nov. 3. During WWII, Morris served on the USS Braine, which suffered tragic losses after being hit by two kamikazes.

Here are some other area events planned in honor of Veterans Day:

Gordonsville parade

The Town Gordonsville plans its sixth annual Veterans Day Parade today. Main Street closes at noon, and the parade begins at 2 p.m. and proceeds from Main to East Baker Street. Mayor Robert Coiner will lead a ceremony, which includes speaker Retired Maj. Christopher Cooper.

CALL OF HONOR

The John J. Wright Education and Cultural Center in Spotsylvania County and the 23rd Regiment, U.S. Colored Infantry, will host the Veterans Call of Honor Celebration today. The event will take place at the cultural center. Doors open at 10 a.m., and the program begins at noon.

TO OUR FALLEN HEROES

On Monday, a "Memorial to Our Fallen Heroes," takes place at 10:45 a.m. at the junction of George, Barton and Liberty streets in Fredericksburg. The event includes speakers, music, flag display and flyover, and is sponsored by Fredericksburg Area Veterans Council.

STATUE DEDICATION

The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation on Monday will dedicate the newly installed statue of Lt. Gen. Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller at the Puller Overlook adjacent to the National Museum of the Marine Corps. The ceremony for the most-decorated Marine begins at 2:30 p.m. The museum is off Interstate 95 in Triangle.