LAFAYETTE TWP. — The somber notes of taps rang out through the chilly morning air as members of the Willie Markum Chapter 72 of the Disabled American Veterans ran a new American flag up the flagpole at the Medina County Home on Veterans Day morning.
“It is an awesome experience … the sentiment of that horn was very touching,” home Superintendent Joyce Giles said immediately after the event. “We appreciate everything that they do for us because it just isn’t today, they help us throughout the year on various projects.”
“Can’t say enough about our veterans groups,” Giles said.
DAV members also hoisted a new prisoner of war / missing in action flag, its black background and white silhouette of a soldier waving in the breeze below the red, white and blue of the American flag.
DAV Chapter 72 Commander Curtis Schwehm said the DAV is all about taking care of disabled veterans and making sure they have everything they need.
“Everyone in our organization has a (Veterans Affairs) recognized disability,” he said. “One of the biggest things we do is, right now we run about 70 percent of the claims for the VA, for the disabled vets.”
Schwehm said the DAV has been involved with the Medina County Home for more than 20 years, and it is just one of the ways the organization provides outreach in the community.
“That is what we do, we make sure we do things like this, we make sure that our veterans, especially our disabled veterans, have the necessary things,” he said.
Civilian bugler Shirley Ann Walker, 65, of Medina said she began playing the bugle at 14 years old and volunteers for veterans events.
“Today I am playing with the DAV and I am also representing Taps for Veterans,” Walker said.
At precisely 11:11 a.m. Sunday, buglers across the world played taps to commemorate the formal end of World War I on Nov. 11, 1918.
“London has already played, Australia has already played, I think it is Kazakhstan has already played,” she said Sunday morning.
Walker said more than 700 buglers across the world would sound taps when it was 11:11 a.m. at their location.