York, Clover honor veterans

jbecknell@enquirerherald.comNovember 10, 2013 

— Western York County communities honored local veterans for their service during the weekend with parades, special ceremonies and other events.

The annual Veterans Day parade down Congress Street in York on Saturday was hosted by the American Legion Post 66.

And Clover High School’s ROTC cadets and members of the school’s Interact Club thanked local veterans Friday with music, readings, speeches and a luncheon at the Applied Technology Center.

“Myself and many others will never know what it felt like to be out there fighting, but we are so glad you did,” said Claudia Chakamian, vice president of the club.

Clover High student Heidi Benton introduced her father, U.S. Air Force Col. Will Benton, who served for 41 years and spoke about veterans’ sacrifice.

He said Veteran’s Day “isn’t just for old folks,” and that Americans of all ages should know that veterans “stood ready to give life itself on their behalf.”

Benton, who served as a pilot, said he remembers making flights over Iraq, Kosovo and Afghanistan and “the repeated heartbreak of leaving my wife and children many times.”

“We know that in serving our homeland, it means giving up watching over our own homes,” Benton said.

The ceremony, which included patriotic music performed by members of the Clover Choraliers, was followed by a luncheon for about 160 people.

Also in Clover, First United Methodist Church on Bethel Street honored veterans, military personnel and their families Sunday during an event that featured the 208th Army Reserve Band.

Jennifer Becknell •  803-329-4077

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