Spencer residents gathered at the steps of the Owen County courthouse to dedicate a new addition to the Owen County War Memorial that was completed this year. The walls of the memorial hold the names of those in the county who have served in the military.
Commander of the Owen County Honor Guard Michael Harvey says the memorial reminds people of the sacrifice many have given.
“There’s a lot of families that this wall, almost every male member of their family is on this wall so it’s very important to the community in that aspect,” he says.
Part of the wall was built in 2001, but since then, the community has been raising money to complete the addition so more names could be added.
Among the names is that of Private Brett Wood, who died last September in Afghanistan.
Wood’s mother, Melissa Frye says she’s been comforted by the way the community has rallied around her family.
“It’s the day like today that the veterans do come out and all come together and take one day to remember what other families have lost or the people that give their life up so we can have our life,” she says. “So it does mean a lot.”
Members of several veterans’ organizations held four ceremonies throughout the day where they lowered flags to half-mast, played Taps and read off the names of the soldiers from Owen County who had died in the past year.