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Ceremony to honor wounded vets

By Staff | Nov 4, 2011

America’s disabled veterans will be honored at a Veterans Day ceremony in Shepherdstown, Friday, Nov. 11, in Cullison Park.

Resident Becky Phipps, who organized the ceremony, said for those unfamiliar with Cullison Park, there will never be a better time to pay a visit to this “tiny jewel in town.” She said Cullison is a quiet place where visitors – particularly veterans of war – may rest and appreciate nature.

Park neighbors pooled their resources and purchased a red maple tree and commemorative plaque, which will be dedicated to America’s war veterans at the ceremony.

Attendees are asked to bring a canned good, which will be delivered to an organization that provides food to needy veterans in the greater Washington area.

The ceremony will include poetry and music. It will feature the reading of a letter sent from 1959 Shepherdstown High School graduate Jess Cullison, son of Shepherd University faculty member and dean, Vera Cullison, who dedicated the land that is now Cullison Park to the public for use as a recreation area.

Jess lives in Oklahoma City and cannot be at the ceremony due to a scheduling conflict. He is a professional musician and recording artist and is currently a nominee to the West Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame.

The park is located at the “intersection” of Mill Street, Rocky Street and Rumsey Park.

The brief ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. It will end in time for attendees to ring church bells at 11:11 a.m. in accordance with tradition.

The public is welcome. Parking is limited, so an early arrival is encouraged.

For more information, call 304-876-0298.