Veteran’s Day: ‘We never forget’

Active duty military men, from left, Chance Buffkin, Jacob Lee and Chris Chumney, lead the Seahawks

Active duty military men, from left, Chance Buffkin, Jacob Lee and Chris Chumney, lead the Seahawks march on the field Friday night.

David Adlerstein
Published: Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at 04:37 PM.

 

From the youngest members of the nation’s military now patrolling the Persian Gulf, to the most venerable members of the Greatest Generation who freed Europe in World II, Franklin County marked Veteran’s Day with a resounding salute to America’s nearly 25 million living, wounded and handicapped veterans.

It began Friday evening at the Mikel Clark Sports Complex in Eastpoint, as three recent graduates of Franklin County High School – the Navy’s Jacob Lee, Class of 2009, and Chris Chumney, Class of 2010, and the Army’s Chance Buffkin, Class of 2012 – led the Seahawks with flag held high as they charged onto to the field.

It concluded on a solemn note Monday morning, as the First Baptist Christian School held its annual program to honor all who served.

Guest speaker for the service was Army Sgt. 1st Class Paul Plazarin, of Blountstown, son of the church’s pastor, Rev. Bill Plazarin, who introduced his son, a career military man born nearly 43 years ago on Dec. 22, 1969.

“His mother said he was brought home in a Christmas stocking as a Christmas present,” said Bill Plazarin.

The Plazarins’ three sons have all served, with Paul going on 19 years in the Army, including two overseas tours, one for the Gulf invasion, and the second for 14 months in Kuwait.



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