At the Veterans Day program held at the Payson High School Auditorium on Nov. 11, 2011, my husband, William Deerfield, was presented with a Purple Heart that was issued to him for injuries he received for the battle of Okinawa in World War II. I apologize for the delay, but circumstances prevented a more prompt message of thanks, but our gratitude and appreciation has only increased.
Our special thanks to Jim Muhr, veterans advocate for the Payson American Legion, who was responsible for arranging the presentation, and retired Naval Commander Bob Walker who made the actual presentation.
Our compliments and special kudos to those who gave their time and worked so hard to present an outstanding program, and to the mistress of ceremonies who did a superior job of keeping things moving along on schedule.
Pete Aleshire, Roundup staff reporter (recently promoted to editor in chief), did an excellent job in reporting on the entire program. It was exactly as he said, “The children made them grin” and “hundreds of tough-as-nails veterans were dabbing away tears.”
A thank you also to all the hard-working group of volunteers at the Payson Elks Lodge who prepared and served a great menu of food free to the multitude of veterans who came to dinner after the program.
Please mark your calendar now so that on Nov. 11, 2012 you can participate in honoring our veterans who have given so much so that we can live in a free country, the United States of America.