Friday, November 12, 1999

A time to thank veterans




BY PHILLIP PINA
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        With his grandfather's World War I helmet on his head and his own Vietnam War Purple Heart on his chest, Tim Culbertson spent Thursday paying tribute to a country and its war heroes.

        The Cheviot man joined about 200 others in Eden Park for a Veterans Day ceremony, one of several services held throughout the Tristate to honor service men and women.

        To Mr. Culbertson, who was shot in the back while serving in the Vietnam War, it is important to remember. The contributions of his peers, those of his grandfather and veterans of all other generations, have protected the freedoms and livelihoods of all Americans, he said.

        “We want all vets to know we support them,” Mr. Culbertson said.

        He stood among those who served in World War II, Korea, the Persian Gulf as well as Vietnam. Most held small American flags. The flags were planted at the foot of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to close the ceremony.

        Mr. Culbertson was a paratrooper when he was shot during combat in Vietnam. He wears his Purple Heart with pride, the same pride he took in donning the metal helmet worn by his grandfather. Harold Culbertson fought in the trenches of World War I in Germany.

        Elsewhere across the Tristate, veterans and others paying tribute gathered for ceremonies in Blue Ash, Hamilton, Middletown and elsewhere.

        About 50 fourth-graders from Western Row Elementary School in Mason attended a Veterans Day program at Mason Christian Village. The youngsters, students of Jill Heffner, had written letters to the veterans, thanking them for their service to the country.

        In Middletown, Cmdr. Bob Hale of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3809 spoke to stu dents at Wildwood Elementary on Wednesday and at Monroe Elementary on Thursday. In attendance were several grandparents of the students who were World War II veterans.

        Jenny Callison contributed to this report.

       



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