For the first time in years, Ron Mann did not stand behind the podium during Albion’s Veterans Day ceremony last week.
Mann had passed away just two days prior to Veterans Day, leaving The Veterans of Foreign Wars’ 8222nd Post’s Honor Guard with a void as they stood before the Edwards County Memorial on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month Wednesday morning. Mann had routinely spoken words at the Veterans Day and Memorial Day ceremonies in Albion.
VFW Women’s Auxiliary member Marsha Wiseman shared with the crowd gathered between the Memorial and the Albion Pagoda what she believed were Mann’s motivations in life.
“If you knew Ron, you already knew what he was all about,” she said. “He loved his family, he loved his community, he loved his church and he loved his veterans.
“He will truly be missed.”
Wiseman then placed a flag on the Memorial in memory of Mann, saluting it before returning to the crowd.
Earlier in the ceremony prior to tribute to Mann was VFW Post #8222 member David Walden, whose message went beyond honoring those who fought or are still fighting in the service of their country.
“Today we honor all of our veterans who have selflessly placed their lives on the line for freedom,” said Walden. “Those men and women were ordinary people until they heard the call of duty and answered it.
“They left their families, their homes and their lives, not for recognition or fame or even the honor we bestow upon them today.”
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