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Veterans Day Observance Set For November 12

Nov. 11 memorial service at Union Cemetery
STAFF REPORT

Two observances honoring the men and women who served in the United States Armed Forces are planned for the upcoming Veterans Day weekend.

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at Union Cemetery, the Fulton Honor Guard will honor Fulton countians who served in World War I, the Great War, on its 100th anniversary. The memorial service begins at 10:30 a.m.

Also on Nov. 11, the day when World War I was formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, when the armistice with Germany went into effect, church bells throughout McConnellsburg will ring in honor of those who served.

On Monday, Nov. 12, William G. Hine, retired U.S. Navy submarine commander, will deliver the keynote address at this year’s Veterans Day program at the county courthouse in Mc- Connellsburg.

The program begins at 11 a.m. and includes remarks from master of ceremonies McConnellsburg VFW Cmdr. George C. Cutchall, patriotic music performed by Forbes Road High School and McConnellsburg High School bands, the Placing of the Wreath by VFW and American Legion commanders, and Fulton Honor Guard’s Salute to Honored Dead and Retire the Colors.

Hine, a graduate of the University of Rochester, is retired with 20 years of service, 14 years of which were spent aboard a Navy cargo ship, an amphibious fleet service ship, three diesel subs, one nuclear-powered missile sub, and one nuclear attack sub in the Atlantic and Mediterranean.

He also served ashore for two years as commander-in-chief, Polaris Missile Patrol Operations, plus 4 1/2 years as deputy joint matters advisor to the director.

After joining the Gideons, an evangelical Christian association founded in 1899 in Wisconsin, Hine served in numerous Gideon Camp and State Association offices, including 11 years in four state positions such as the Gideon state president of Pennsylvania. He also served on an international level for the Gideons as an area representative for Western Europe from 1999-2003.

After he retired, Hine bought a farm in Fulton County and currently serves or has served on the Fulton County Food Basket board, the Salvation Army community board, the Federal Emergency Management Administration local board, and the Fulton County Medical Center Foundation Board of Directors. He is also a life member of VFW Post 655 in McConnellsburg.

Hine has been married to Dr. Louise McDaniel-Hine for 34 years, and they have four adult children from their first marriages, six grandchildren, and two great grandchildren.

Following the program, refreshments will be served at the VFW located at 524 East Poplar Street in McConnellsburg. If there is rain, the Veterans Day program will take place there as well.

The county’s Veterans Day observance is cosponsored each year by the VFW and the American Legion.

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