Parker Recognizes Veterans on Memorial Day
By Danielle Woodruffe
Photo of Bob Gutworth, courtesy of Parker
Parker invited elders who have served our country to a unique Memorial Day Service honoring a local family. The ceremony was held in conjunction with Elmwood Cemetery.
The Howell family had a grandfather who survived World War I and a father who died in the Battle of the Bulge in World War II. Both men were commemorated. Parker Veterans are proud to have served our country and happy to honor the Howell family.
“I think it’s nice that Parker is honoring Mr. Howell. You should honor people like that,” said Parker at Stonegate assisted living resident, Bob Gutworth. “At the Battle of the Bulge, I was laying bobbed wire in front of our positions. We were very thinly spread out, hoping that the German soldiers wouldn’t show up. We were up north a little bit so we lucked out.”
More than a dozen Parker veterans were in attendance. The ceremony included a poem reading of “Dulce Et Decorum est”, written by soldier and poet, Wilfred Owen during World War I and published posthumously in 1920. Participants wrapped up the service with the playing of Taps.