With New Boston Mayor Junior Williams out of town, New Boston Village Administrator Steve Hamilton, with the approval of Williams, took the opportunity Monday to hold a Memorial Day service. Hamilton chose Monday because New Boston schools were scheduled for final exams Tuesday and Wednesday.
“I wanted to get the school involved to do something with the kids from the school, have some veterans, and maybe some people there that have had children in the armed forces,” Hamilton said. “It was a thing I put together with the school because I knew the mayor wasn’t going to be there. I invited all the (Village) Council members.”
Hamilton told those in attendance about his great uncle, Jesse Anderson, who is still missing in action while serving in the Chosin Reservoir in the Korean War.
“December 6, 1950 is when he went missing in action,” Hamilton said. “My grandmother died, but she always thought he’d come walking through the door one day, but they never sent back any military tags. They never sent back anything.”
Hamilton said, when he was speaking, “you could hear a pin drop.”
“They really listened and they really took it in and they thanked me,” Hamilton said. “I thank the teachers for allowing the kids to come down.”
Hamilton had a direct message for the students in attendance.
“I told the young women and men, if you want to go in the military, that’s fine, but set your goals now and try not to get off that path,” Hamilton said.
James Dickey Post 23 of the American Legion performed a 21 gun salute as a part of the event.
“We wanted to do the observance before school was out so the students could see it and more importantly be a part of it,” New Boston Village Councilman Mike Payton said. “The Glenwood New Boston Band played and the chorus sang. We feel this not only serves as a memorial to our veterans but also allows our community to promote good morals and values to our young people. We are very grateful to the school district for participating.”
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