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Monroe County's "11 sons" honored

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Woodsfield, November 7, 2015 | comments
Members of the Monroe County community gathered outside of the Monroe County courthouse Saturday morning to honor what many residents refer to as "Monroe's 11 sons."
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Published November 7, 2015

Members of the Monroe County community gathered outside of the Monroe County courthouse Saturday morning to honor what many residents refer to as "Monroe's 11 sons."

Nearly 50 years have passed since the start of the Vietnam War - a war which claimed the lives of 11 Monroe County men. All 11 soldiers, as well as their families were honored Saturday as a bench was presented and placed in front of the courthouse with the names of each deceased soldier.

State representative Bill Johnson was the keynote speaker at the ceremony, when asked about Monroe County's strong ties to the war, Johnson said, "This is a community that understands well that freedom is not free and the sacrifices that protect our freedoms, and so we're here today to honor that."

A handful of family members were in attendance for the ceremony, including Lori McCammon, the daughter of Staff Sergeant Glenn McCammon. "We thank everyone who was involved in this today with our deepest, deepest gratitude. Unless you walk in the shoes of these eleven men, you'll never know what they went through, but we know what their families have gone through," she said.

Monroe County Commissioner Mick Schumacher preceded the event. When asked about the importance of remembering the 11 sons of Monroe, he said "We forget a lot of things. Our attention span is very short, and it seems to be shorter, so the fact that we can concentrate on something that was almost fifty years ago is important."

State representative Bill Johnson gave an American flag that was flown over the nation's capital to be hoisted at the event. Each family of the 11 men was presented with American flags as well. The ceremony lasted from 10:00 a.m. until noon.

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