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By Katie Teachout
The Journal 

Veterans remembered and honored


Last updated 6/3/2021 at 9:47am

Katie Teachout

Vietnam Veteran Pat Stager of Ritzville salutes while taps is played during Monday's Memorial Day Ceremony led by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11446 Commander Jeff Kissler and Marine Corps Veteran Bo Gingrich at the Ritzville Cemetery. Stager served in the Navy from 1969 to 1972. To his left is his wife, Pam Stager. To his right is Adams County Commission Chairman Dan Blankenship and his wife, Dolly Blankenship.

RITZVILLE – Many U.S. flags fluttered in a breeze while Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 11446 Commander Jeff Kissler and sole Color Guard Marine Corps Veteran Bo Gingrich greeted a nice-size crowd in the Ritzville Cemetery for the late-morning Memorial Day Ceremony Monday, May 31.

In his brief address, Kissler reminded us of the veterans who gave up their lives fighting for the life, liberty and pursuit of happiness we enjoy today.

"They were ordinary human beings, just like us. But what they accomplished was extraordinary," Kissler said. "They answered the call to duty, thereby giving us...

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