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Veterans Honored on Armed Services Day at Burney Cemetery

Bugler Gearge Matthews playing taps

Veterans from the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars gathered at the Burney Cemetery on Bailey Street on Armed Forces Day, Saturday May 19, to hold an “Echo Taps” ceremony and rifle salute as a special tribute to men and women in the U.S. military.

Armed Forces Day was instituted on August 21, 1949, by Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson who served under President Harry Truman. Previously there had been separate single day celebrations for each branch of the military. The Truman administration unified all branches of the military under the Department of Defense.

Armed Forced Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May. The first official celebration was held on May 20, 1950. B-36 Bombers flew over state capitals, a march was led by more than 10,000 veterans and troops in Washington, D.C., and over 33,000 people participated in a New York City parade. President John F. Kennedy declared Armed Forces Day a national holiday in 1961.

Commander Arveson explains the meaning and history of Echo Taps and Armistice Day as Scout Chapman and Honor Guard member Larry Martin hold flags

Elizabeth Luck singing the National Anthem

Commander Jim Arveson welcomed several dozen people to the ceremony and acted as master of ceremonies. After the Pledge of Allegiance, Elizabeth Luck sang the National Anthem. Public Safety Chaplain Reverend Henry Winkelman led the invocation.

Commander Arveson then explained the meaning and history of Armed Services Day and “Taps.” “Taps” is a bugle call played at dusk, during flag ceremonies, and at military funerals. The official military version is played by a single bugle or trumpet. “Echo Taps” is a cascading antiphonal taps played by multiple buglers for special memorial ceremonies. Arveson also read some of the lyrics that have been written to accompany the “Taps” melody. Bugler George Matthews was present to play “Taps” at the end of the program.

After his talk, Pastor Winkelman offered a closing prayer.

Pastor Winkelmand offering prayer

Honor Guard members, Martin McAbee, Steve Powell, Jim Ellis, Jimmy Cusick, Bob Van De Weerd, Herbert McKinney, and Dennis Lopez came to attention and fired a rifle salute.

Honor Guard rifle salute

Bugler George Matthews concluded the ceremony by playing “Taps.”

Boy Scout Leaders George Chapman, Cheri Chapman, and James Chapman and Scouts Thomas Chapman and Dedric Ugbinada from Burney Troop 38 also attended and participated in the celebration.

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VFW Auxiliary Post 5689 Indoor Yard Sale

Scores of people came to the VFW Auxiliary Post 5689 Indoor Yard Sale at the Veterans Hall in Burney on Saturday December 2.

Dottie Sales displaying Christmas raffle baskets

The event was organized by Ms. Dottie Sales. Vendors included yard sale items, baked goods, decorations, and a variety of hand crafted items. Two young girls were also there selling hot chocolate.

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Donna Scheckla will be Honored Guest at Burney Basin Days Parade

Donna Scheckla will be an Honored Guest at 2017 Burney Basin Days Parade. She first came to Burney in 1971 when her husband, Al, moved his trucking business here. She moved here permanently in 1976. Since then Mrs. Scheckla has been a strong supporter of Burney Basin Days and a dedicated volunteer in the community.

Since the 1970’s she has volunteered at the Burney Basin Days Parade helping to decorate the judges booth and assisting at the top of the hill. She also has helped serve at the VFW barbecue and worked at the gate collecting donations at the Rotary Fireworks Program.

She has been a member of the Soroptomist Club and the VFW Auxiliary Post 5289 since 1974. She has enjoyed helping with the VFW raffle and the ham dinner.

For eight years she has served as a member of the Burney Citizens Patrol helping to keep our neighborhoods safe.

In addition, she helped Rick Morris to start the Burney Beautification Program and has also sponsored a bowling team for 25 years.

Mr. and Mrs. Scheckla had been married for 53 years when her husband died in 2004. They  raised four sons. She is blessed with 17 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

In spite of some recent difficulties with her hip and knee, her desire to serve the community remains undiminished.

“I am 85 years old and just like to stay as active as possible and help wherever I can,” Mrs. Scheckla said cheerfully.

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VFW Post 5689 Flag Retirement Ceremony at VFW Hall June 30

VFW Post 5689 will be holding a Flag Retirement Ceremony at the VFW Hall on June 30.  It should start at approximately 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm at the fire pit behind the post.

The public is invited to attend and participate.

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