PDT Staff Writer
NEW BOSTON —- More than 200 people gathered outside of Daymar College Monday for the opening ceremony of the Dunkin-Applegate Memorial which is now housed in the front of Daymar College building. The new memorial was established in honor of Rocky Dunkin, the 24-year-old firefighter who died in July while at the scene of a rescue mission, and Tony Applegate, the fallen military soldier was killed by “friendly fire” in 1991.
Members of the family of Rocky Dunkin, and Tony Applegate were present at the ceremony.
The memorial also was also established in honor of all veterans, and first responders as well. Members of American Legion Post 471 constructed the memorial, donating their time and effort.
The program consisted of welcoming remarks given by Mike Payton of Daymar College, who offered gratitude to a host of area businesses and individuals who donated their time, made monetary donations, and supplied materials for the construction of the memorial.
“The community has a place that they can come to in honor of these great Americans, and we are so glad that we could play a part in that,” Rebecca Mowery, President of Daymar College said.
The invocation was given by Pastor Floyd Smith of New Boston First Church of God, and the singing of the National Anthem by Glenwood High School students, Austain Raines, and Sara Adkins. Presenting colors was done by American Legion Post 471 Legion Riders. Guest speakers for the ceremony included Rebecca Mower, President of Daymar College, Rep. Terry Johnson of the 89th District Ohio State House of Representative, New Boston, Mayor James Warren, and Portsmouth Mayor, David Malone.
State Representative Terry Johnson addressed the audience, and bestowed medals upon Vietnam Veteran, David Andrews, and plaques were given to the wife of Rocky Dunkin, and the father of Tony Applegate.
“Words just can’t describe, what I am feeling for what was done today, and that is all that I can say at this time,” Henry Applegate, the father of Tony Applegate, said.
“I am just grateful for all of the support that the community has shown for Rocky, Tony Applegate, the veterans, and all of the first responders as well. It is well deserved,” Ashley Dunkin, the wife of Rocky Dunkin, said.
Michael Bell, a representative of Daymar College, and Post Vice Commander of American Legion Post 471 is the visionary of the project said that he is very pleased with the positive response and support given by the local community.
The program concluded with a closing prayer by Pastor Smith, Portsmouth Fire Department Bells, and the playing of Taps and 21-Gun Salute by American Legion Post 23.
The red-bricked memorial now stands in place for continual public viewing in front of Daymar College.
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