Fireworks at Summerfest
Summerfest committee members, from left, Hattie Byers,
Peg Beymer, Pat Lewis, Ruth Workman and Carol Hehr, are
preparing for the July 5 festivities which will be held
“on the square” in Woodsfield and will include fun,
games and entertainment prior to Woodsfield VFD’s
fireworks display. Games for the kids will be in the
alley between the courthouse and the old bank building.
Photo by M. Ackerman
The July Summerfest will be held July 5 in conjunction
with the Woodsfield Firemen’s fireworks display, which
promises to be the biggest display Woodsfield has ever
The Summerfest Committee, which includes Hattie Byers,
Peg Beymer, Patty Lewis, Carol Hehr and Ruth Work-man,
has planned a great evening from 5 to 8 p.m. “on the
square.” The festivities have been moved to Sunday to
coincide with the Independence Day celebration.
Prior to the Summerfest activities “on the square,” a
chicken BBQ dinner, starting at 4 p.m., will be held at
the Woodsfield Fire House on Airport Road.
It will be an evening of fun with entertainment, games
for the kids, snow cones, cotton candy, crafts,
vegetables, light food and desserts and a bake sale.
Featured will be the “World’s Largest Teddy Bear” in the
Guinness Book of World Records and Jason Lynch, who will
be on hand to sign autographs. Kids will have the
opportunity to make their own stuffed bear or elephant.
Any vendor who would like to set up a table can contact
Ruth Workman at 740-472-5499. There is no charge to
After the Summerfest activities, the fireworks can be
enjoyed at the Monroe Muni-cipal Park (football field),
Clip and redeem the ad in the June 29 Sentinel and the
July 2 Beacon. With the ad kids will receive five free
tickets for games.Additional tickets may be purchased
the night of the Summerfest.
Sponsoring the July 5 Summerfest are Dr. Holly Bell,
Family Chiropractic; F.W. Schumacher Insurance Agency,
Woodsfield Kiwanis Club, Farmer’s Feed and Deli, Monroe
County Beacon, Ohio Valley Community Credit Union,
Pamida, Riesbeck’s Food Market and Lay’s Potato Chips;
Woodsfield Savings Bank and Yoss Law Offices.
Class of 1939
Four members from the Woodsfield High School Class of
1939 enjoyed catching up at the 2009 WHS/MC reunion held
at Rubel’s Park June 20. Shown, from left, are Thomas
Dickey of Glen Dale, W. Va., who brought the cake, Vera
McGarry Hines of Woodsfield; back: Ellis Bott of
Marietta and Howard Landefeld of Woodsfield.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
Revitalization Project Continues
Woodsfield’s downtown revitalization project continues
as Andy Copley sets bricks in the insets in front of Ace
Hardware, owned by Brent Dick. The sidewalk project
continued to the corner with the additional sidewalk
owned by Gary Rubel, who leases part of the building to
Ace Hardware, and Joe Lestini, who owns the Jerry Lee
building and parking lot. Photo by Ackerman
Woodsfield’s downtown revitalization project continues
as Ace Hardware, owned by Brent Dick, replaced the
sidewalk in front of the store with new concrete and
brick insets. The project also includes the sidewalk in
front of the building owned by Gary Rubel, which is
leased to Ace Hardware, and a section of sidewalk owned
by Joe Lestini. Andy Copley of Woodsfield Greenhouse
prepared the spaces and set the bricks, which adds the
decorative touch to the project. Stalder Masonry was
contracted to do the cement work.
According to Woodsfield Administrator Jeff Woodell,
Council passed a motion recently which makes the
sidewalk replacement money available to businesses as
well as residential landowners. The motion gives
property owners up to $500 on a sidewalk replacement
project. In addition to the money, the village employees
will remove the old concrete at no cost.
It’s a win-win proposition for landowners, noted Woodell.
“With the combined efforts of Stalder Masonry,
employees and Andy Copley, this project was completed
before Alumni Weekend,” said Woodell. “It proves what
can be done when there is cooperation.”
According to Woodell, there are several more businesses
that have indicated they would like to get sidewalk
projects done this year. “We’re doing this without the
government’s help. Established in 2005, a fund was set
up for one percent of the village income tax money
earmarked for a sidewalk replacement fund. We have to
take our hats off to these businesses. While the
sidewalks are replaced businesses are inconvenienced and
then there is the expense of having the work done. It is
“People have questioned why we have not sought grants
for these projects. We tried,” said Woodell, “but with
the match necessary for the grants, it is costing
businesses far less than what we would have gotten. I’m
proud of people stepping up to be a part of this
downtown revitalization project.”
Switzerland of Ohio School District representatives
accepted a check for $53,010,672 June 19. Governor Ted
Strickland and Representative Jennifer Garrison were
instrumental in acquiring the money, which is the
state’s share in building six new schools and the
renovation of another. Shown with the check,from left,
are front: Larry Elliott, Superintendent SOLSD; Teresa
Gallagher, school board; Representative Jennifer
Garrison; Janet Hissrich SOLSD treasurer; Governor Ted
Strickland. Back: Ron Winkler, Jeff Williamson, school
board members; Scott Dierkes, president of school board;
and Mike Shoemaker, Ohio School Facilities Commission.
Photos by M. Ackerman
Dillon Baker receives an autograph from Gov. Ted
Strickland June 19 at the $53,010,672 check presentation
which will bring new schools to the district. Dillon,
the son of Becky and Bill Bolon and Troy Baker, will
enter the fifth grade at Woodsfield Elementary this fall
and will probably be a member of one of the first
graduating classes from the new WES facility. Looking
on is Commissioner Tim Price.
Photo by Martha Ackerman
by Martha Ackerman
June 19 was a day of celebration for the Switzerland of
Ohio Local School District’s administration, staff,
teachers, members of the The Time is NOW Committee and
local residents. Gov. Ted Strickland delivered a
$53,010,672 check, which is the State of
Ohio’s share to build six new
schools and renovate another.
“Just because they are doing okay with what they have is
no reason for those young people to have any less
opportunity than young people anywhere else in Ohio,” said the governor.
With this check and the support of district voters,
there will be a new Beallsville K-12, a new combined
Hannibal and Sardis Elementary, a new
Powhatan Elementary, a new
School, a new Woodsfield Elementary and
a total renovation of River High School.
Rep. Jennifer Garrison and Gov. Strickland were
instrumental in acquiring the money and district voters
approved an 8.19 mill levy which sealed the deal.
Larry Elliott, district superintendent, welcomed those
present and recognized those who had worked so hard to
make this happen, including the members of the NOW
Committee and the
Building and Trades
“This meeting is a kick-off, not a victory celebration,”
said Mike Shoemaker, of the Ohio School Facilities
Commission. “The victory celebration will come when
those first graduates (in the new schools) cross the
stage to receive their diplomas.”
Shoemaker compared the $88 million project to a
signature hole of a golf course saying the Switzerland
of Ohio schools will be a signature project for his
He said Rep. Garrison came to him his first day on the
job and told him, “We have got to do something in
Switzerland.” She came
to him every couple weeks and when they finally put
together what they thought was a fair package, Shoemaker
told Garrison that she should take it to Governor
Strickland. At that point the Governor stood up with his
left arm behind his back and laughingly said to the
audience, “She nearly broke it!”
“It feels great coming to
County,” said Garri-son,
who was the Grand Mar-shal in the WHS/Monroe Cen-tral
Alumni Parade Friday evening. “It’s like coming home.”
Garrison noted that during her first visit to Swiss
Hills two ladies, one of them Carol Hehr, told her
something had to be done about the schools. They took
her out the back and showed her Monroe Central, the high
school on wheels. She said she asked, “This is your high
school?” She continued that she spent two years in the
legislature but did not have the right governor. “If Ted
Strickland had not been elected governor, we would not
be here today.”
“The first week in office Mike (Shoemaker) was here
looking at locations.” Garrison noted that without the
vote for the bond issue, the project would not have been
possible. “You had to get behind it,” she told the
Governor Strickland recognized Larry Elliott, the NOW
Committee, labor leaders, the Ohio Education Association
and Rita Walters, SOLSD treasurer Janet Hissrich, school
board members Scott Dierkes, Teresa Gallagher, Ron
Winkler, Jeff Gallagher and Ed Carleton, local officials
and office holders, Ann Block who represented Ohio’s Secretary of State
Jennifer Brunner, and his dear friend Herman Zerger. He
also recognized Mike Shoemaker and Jennifer Garrison.
“He (Shoemaker) has a fire in his belly when it comes to
education,” said Strickland.
“Jennifer is incredibly bright, well educated, has a
high level of common sense and, as an attorney, she is
well equipped to fight battles dealing with tough
The governor received a standing ovation when he said,
“There will be no more trailers at the high school and
there will be a creation of 1,000 jobs. We believe this
work and jobs will boost the economy in Monroe, Belmont
and Noble counties. He thanked everyone for their
“It is clear that there is a community commitment to the
children and there is nothing more important to the
future of our state than the quality of education for
The governor also noted that the new schools will be
energy efficient. There will be a savings in energy cost
and there will be a healthier environment for the
children. “They will be ‘green’ schools.”
“This is a great day. Not an end, but an exciting
beginning. It’s time to give credit where credit is
due,” said Jason Yoss, local attorney and The Time is
NOW Committee member. He presented Governor Strickland
and Representative Garrison with a plaque acknowledging
their contributions in the efforts to attain new schools
for the district.
“Every district deserves to have elected officials like
we have,” added Yoss.
Landing Vital in Sardis History
landing is shown in the early years.
The big white house was a hotel, offering shelter to
weary river travelers. The landing was vital in the
Sardis. The house still stands
has been restored.
by Martha Ackerman
“You can’t just sit on a chair and expect things to
change,” said Henry Clegg of Sardis.
Clegg wants to make a difference in his home town. He
went to the residents and taxpayers of the riverfront
area for help in his endeavor to mark a site, the former
ferry landing. He noted that most people who don’t live
along the river must ask permission from homeowners to
fish or enjoy the river. Many times, he said, the answer
Clegg and other interested residents want to maintain
the heritage of this property. Clegg canvassed the area
and received welcome support from taxpayers from Sardis, Patten’s Run, Narrows Run, Ketzel Hill, Barnes Run,
Fly, Duffy, Duffy Run and
A 60x340 foot piece of property, located at the
intersection of Main and Monroe Streets in
Sardis and owned by Lee Township,
has been surveyed by Greg Biedenbach of Biedenbach
Surveying. It is all staked out and is clearly marked so
the public can access it for fishing, recreation,
watching the boats go by or just enjoying the scenery.
According to Clegg, the property is the former site of
the ferry landing which ran between
Sardis and Mendota, Wetzel County,
W. Va. by George E. Paden from October 1915 to
October 1923, and by A.E. Watters and J.M. Jackson from
1926 through 1935 and May 7, 1937 through 1939. (Dates
taken from Monroe County, Ohio:
A History by Theresa and Stanley Maienknecht.)
John Jackson’s ferry boat was named Beryl for his
Clegg is gathering information on the history and
heritage of the ferry landing and its importance to the
According to Maienknecht’s book,
was laid out in 64 lots in 1843 by James Patton. Sardis, at one time, consisted of four
buildings: Patton’s house, Johnson and Algeo store, the
Wilson Martin home and the Amos Heaton home and shoe
shop. Several more businesses were added in 1844. The
first post office was established on May 15, 1844 with
the first postmaster being Thomas Algeo. Mail was first
brought overland from Mari-etta and then later
contracted to river boats.
One source of information was Bob Beisel, who lives near
the ferry landing property. The ferry landing was the
life blood of the area. According to Beisel, barrels of
food, hardware and livestock made its way into the Sardis area via the ferry.
The river was the means for incoming supplies and it
gave the agriculture community an outlet for their
produce, allowing for economic growth.
The ferry site and surrounding land was formerly owned
by the Beisel brothers, one of whom was Bob’s father.
The land was sold and despite Bob’s attempt to buy it
back, it was not to be.
Beisel said that when folks from the
side of the river wanted a ride to the
side, a bell would be rung to signal passage was needed.
The smaller pack boats stopped at the landing during
trips up and down the river from Wheeling to
Marietta. Wharf boats were used
at the landing for storing supplies.
According to Beisel, the house he lives in was flooded
into the second story.
One story retold was of William Eisenbarth’s father who
had brought a bull to town, tied to a wagon. The bull
was bound for an auction in Pittsburgh. A young couple was walking on 255
to Woodsfield to get their marriage license. Their dog,
which was accompanying them, spooked the bull. Needless
to say, Mr. Eisenbarth was not very happy to have an
Orrin Bayes hauled coal on a wagon pulled by a team of
horses. The coal was transported on the ferry, which was
also used for mail delivery.
Former resident Rev. Joe Lallathin, born in 1926, has
memories of the 1936 flood. Lallathin remembers the
“Helen E,” a pack boat which came in with tools and
other supplies. Lallathin has offered money for picnic
tables to be placed on the newly surveyed site, noted
The Beacon hopes to provide more information on Sardis history in the near future.
Around the Burnside
The best way to wake up with a smile on your face is to
go to bed with one already there.
Others will follow your footsteps more readily than they
will follow your advice.
OK, before I get a phone call from someone, I realize I
made a 20-year mistake. I think it was 1976 when we
Vocational School. I only
had been in Monroe County
a time or two before 1956. Once on a trip to find out
why Fly was named Fly, Preacher Baker told of so many
experiences at the town of Antioch. I thought it was really a large
exciting place when I was growing up. Never thought I’d
be living in the county some time.
Oh, yes, I forgot to mention last week I am an honorary
Chapter Farmer in two FFA chapters and also an honorary
I don’t forget, sometimes I just don’t remember. I was
reminded of a couple of things I failed to remember when
I related several safety rules to follow.
I think it very unwise to operate either a riding or a
push mower while wearing flip flops. I also shudder when
I see someone pulling a push mower. If it were not true,
they would call it a pull mower. I’ve seen both of these
things during the last couple of weeks.
While traveling home from
after completing duties as a dog sitter, I noticed a
farmer on his tractor moving a large hay bale to his
storage area. All he had to do was back up to the bale,
pick it up and haul it off to wherever he wanted.
I couldn’t help but wonder how long it would have taken
us to move this one bale of hay to the barn. We had to
pitch it on, pitch it off, mow it back and head back to
the field to do it all over again. To top things off, we
only had a high wheeled wagon with a homemade hay rack
on it. On the other hand, I guess this was an advantage
when we had to pitch the hay into the mow. I think
farmers today can wind up as much hay in a couple of
days that took us all summer to harvest. I guess we were
lucky we only had a half dozen cows.
President Obama must be quick on the trigger. Did you
see how quickly he swatted a pesky fly that was
pestering him? It was on TV several times. How many
times have you tried this and missed?
To top things off, PETA offered to provide the President
with a trap in order to capture the fly and turn it
loose outside. Just when I thought I’d heard about
Maybe you need to be a bit sorry for the fly. It
probably had been messing around on too much of the
D.C. pork and it slowed the fly
I recall a little story many years ago that ended up
with a man expressing his knowledge of the three useless
things in this world. I’m sorry I can’t tell you what
two of them are, but the final one was a fly. I don’t
care if I need to swat a fly, I’ll do it, regardless of
what PETA thinks. As the man says, “It’s tough to fool a
The Happy Heart Singers kicked off the weekend at the
Woodsfield Alumni weekend. The One-A-Chord quartet from
Barnesville kept things rolling along with their do-wop
songs and many of the oldies.
Actually, several of the members of the Happy Heart
Singers are Woodsfield Alumni. Then there are a few of
us graduated from a different school. It’s kind of fun
to get things started.
I doubt if there are any schools in
who have such a great alumni celebration. It’s great to
be a part of the celebration even if I didn’t graduate
from WHS. I do not know who all are responsible but they
do an excellent job.
Another interesting activity of the Frontier FFA was
reported in last week’s Beacon. They held their “Farmer
Olympics.” Just in case you missed it, one of the
contests was rather interesting. It was a pepper eating
contest. It started with eating a bell pepper and
continued by eating a pepper that was a little hotter
than the last one you ate. The winners ate the bell
pepper plus six more. The last two were haberneros.
I do not know my peppers but I’m guessing the last two
peppers were just shy of fire in terms of heat. I’m
almost sure because a red chili pepper and a jalapeno
was consumed earlier. Even at this I understand he
narrowly beat the second place winner. It wasn’t
reported but I heard by the grapevine they each drank a
gallon or more of milk after the contest.
For someone who never sprinkles pepper on anything
except maybe cottage cheese, it’s tough to understand
how anyone can eat a hot pepper.
My sister-in-law used to can some kind of a yellow
pepper. She and my brother ate them like a dill pickle.
Once they talked me into eating one by lying to me
saying, “They’re not hot.” One bite was enough. I had
I will confess that during the county fair, I do enjoy
eating a smoked sausage or two, all covered with cooked
up stuff they put on them during fair week. I always
make sure I have a large Mountain Dew to drink after
The weather outside is stormy. Doesn’t hold much promise
for the alumni Friday activities. Maybe it will
straighten up by 8 p.m. I always enjoyed the alumni
parade because everyone seems so happy. Maybe it cleared
I had big things planned for today but I guess I’ll just
take my water pill and watch TV.
Remember: The happiness of your life depends on the
wholesomeness of your thoughts.
Church Sunday? Try it, you’ll like it!
TERESA LYNN LUCAS
Teresa Lynn Lucas, 46, passed away June 18, 2009. She
was born in Barnesville, Ohio
and had spent many years in Coshocton before moving to Green.
She had a tremendous love for her family. In her words “... Wade
and I have four beautiful children, three beautiful
grandchildren and a wonderful family who have treated us so
well. Such love is indescribable.”
She is survived by her loving husband Wade; children: Nicole
Budziak, Jenna Lucas, Zachary Lucas and William Lucas; brother
Randy (Becky) Randall; sisters: Cindy Schumacher, Lisa
Wollenberg, Becky Shriver; and grandchildren: Luke, Gracie and
She was preceded in death by her father Gene Randall and her
mother Linda Randall.
Friends were received at The Chapel in Green,
1800 Raber Rd., where funeral
services were held June 19. Further visitation and funeral
services occurred June 20 at Given-Dawson Funeral Home,
Donations may be made to the Green Relay for Life.
INA LOU CHANEY
Ina Lou Chaney, 77,
Pryor Glass Rd., New Matamoras, died
June 22, 2009 in Ruby
Morgan-town, W.Va. She was born June 27, 1931 in Monroe County,
a daughter of the late
and Carrie Pool Hall.
She was a member of
Church, the Historical Society,
Women’s Auxiliary VFW Post 6387 and Carroll Senior Citizens, all
of New Matamoras.
Surviving are a sister, Ellen Witschey of New Matamoras.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Clifford “Chauncey” Chaney.
Friends were received June 23 at Grisell Funeral Home &
Crematory, New Martinsville, where funeral services will be held
June 24, at 11 a.m., with Pastor Dennis Williams officiating.
Burial in Greenlawn
Memorial Park, New Martinsville.
Sympathy expressions at grisellfuneralhomes.com
Fern E. Moore, 88, Woodsfield, died June 20, 2009 in Monroe County
Woodsfield. She was born June 28, 1920 near Alledonia, a
daughter of the late Elmer VanDyne and Annie Akins Lucas.
She was a member of the Belmont Ridge Christian Church near
Surviving are three daughters, Alice Moore of Woods-field, Dora
(Howard) Brown of Beallsville, Nora (Ron) Pittman of Jerusalem;
half-sister, Helen Whitlatch; four grandchildren, Scott, Brian,
Doug, Sheila; two step-grandchildren, Sonny, Kelly; five
great-grandchildren, Travis, Kari, Amber, Annissa, Autumn; and
three step-great-grandchildren Rachelle, Amanda and Ashlynn.
In addition to her parents, he she was preceded in death by her
husband, Frank Moore; an infant son; grandson, Joe Marmie;
great-grandson, Randal Pittman; son-in-law, Elmer Marmie; also
by her companion, Earl Darby.
Friends were received June 23 at Harper Funeral Home,
Beallsville, where funeral services were held June 24, with Jim
Russ officiating. Burial followed in Belmont Ridge Cemetery
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net
VIRGINIA E. LEE
Virginia E. Lee, 78, Sardis,
died June 20, 2009 at Wetzel
Martinsville. She was born April 25, 1931 in Monroe County,
a daughter of the late Harold Lohr and Georgia Byers Lohr.
She was a member of St.
Paul’s Church Trail Run and a member of
the Ladies Aid Society.
Surviving are four daughters, Kathy (David) Ivey, Linda
(Stephen) Langsdorf, Diana (Richard) Tenley, Patty (Randy)
Ludolph, all of Sardis; a brother, Lloyd Lohr of Fly; nine
grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her
husband, Victor Lee in 2000; and a brother, George Lohr.
Friends were received June 21 and June 22 until time of funeral
service at Bauer-Turner Funeral Home, Woodsfield, with Rev.
Alfred Bingenheimer and Pastor Drew McPeek officiating. Burial
will be in Trail Run Cemetery
Condolences can be expressed at www.bauerturner.com
Violet M. Vanwy Jackson, 82,
died June 10, 2009, at Green
She was born Aug. 13, 1926 on Dye Ridge, a daughter of the late
Clayton Jay Vanwy and Alice Cline Vanwy.
She attended Pine Knob school and after graduating from
High School she moved to Canton, where she raised
her children and two of her grandchildren.
Surviving are her husband, Jim Jackson; a daughter, Cathy
Waldrop; four sons, Russell (Jill) Williams, Clayton (Kathy)
Williams, Ray (Nancy) Williams, Brian (Debra) Williams; 11
grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; two brothers, Frank
(Gloria) Vanwy, Myron (Marilyn) Vanwy; and a sister, Helen (Bob)
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a
brother and sister-in-law Roy (Shirley) Vanwy and a
Friends were received June 15 at Reed Funeral Home in Canton.
Evelyn McDougal, 84, Beallsville, died June 16, 2009, in
Center, Wheeling, as a result of an automobile
accident. She was born Oct. 14, 1924, near Clarington, a
daughter of the late Albert and Drucy Miller McDougal.
She was employed by GMN Services as a Senior Compan-ion and she
was a member of the Beallsville Church of Christ.
Surviving are a brother, Leslie (Marie) McDougal of Copley; a
sister-in-law, Wilda McDougal of
Elyria; several nieces and nephews; and
her dog, Heidi.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two
brothers, Carl and Theodore; sister, Martha, and her fiance, Ray
Friends were received June 20 until time of service at Harper
Funeral Home, Beallsville. Burial followed in
Memorial contributions may be made to the Beallsville Church of
Online condolences may be offered at www.harperfh.net
Our Readers Write
I remember when our oldest son returned from Iraq for the first time. The
passengers on his flight allowed him to disembark first, and
then they stayed back to watch as family and friends welcomed
our soldier home from the war. Strangers wept openly.
I remember when our soldier came home from his second
deployment, arriving at our front door by taxi from the airport.
The taxi driver, an immigrant to this country, waited and
watched as I threw open our front door and held my soldier in my
arms. I do not know if the taxi driver wept. Perhaps.
I remember the bracelet Aric wore with the names of his fallen
friends on it, and how members of our extended family used words
like genocide in his presence when discussing our son’s
deployment and our Army’s efforts in Iraq. I remember
crying in frustration and rage.
I remember getting the phone call from
telling me that Aric had been injured while doing his job during
his third deployment, and I remember the flight to
San Antonio so that I could put a
mother’s hands on my soldier and know, for myself, that he would
be okay. There were tears and prayers involved.
I remember my husband telling me of a flight he was on with a
fallen soldier, and how everyone on the plane was asked to wait
while they unloaded the young soldier’s coffin. The family
waited on the tarmac for their son and brother, and Sherwood
remembered that at the time he wondered if he would know which
one of the women was the soldier’s mother.
He said, “I knew as soon as the family saw that coffin which one
was his mother. I knew at once.” I still weep for her.
I remember that Senator Obama voted against funds for “the
surge” that later proved the turning point in the war in Iraq, because as he and Senator Reed
put it, “The war is lost.” I remember President Obama recently
thanking the soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital
for “their sacrifice,” and “the great gift they had given the
people of Iraq,” the gift
of “democracy.” I try not to weep for our nation and its leaders
and their lack of vision.
I remember MoveOn.org and the “peace” protesters claiming that
our soldiers were butchering innocent Iraqis and that our
soldiers were the “real” terrorists.
I remember people talking about “supporting” the soldiers but
not their mission.
I remember the woman who told me that my son would probably come
home from the war and commit suicide like those Vietnam vets did.
I remember the woman who said, “It was all pointless. There
weren’t any weapons of mass destruction in
I remember answering, “And there never will be! My son did that!
I remember Aric saying, “Please tell everyone that the war is
over. We have won this war. No one seems to care. Please tell
I remember it all. And I promise that I will not forget.
Linda L. Zern, St.
Proud Mother of an American Freedom Fighter