When Charlie Runser asked me to take over “looking after” the Pike County Veterans’ Memorial in 2005, I knew it was a big responsibility. I had no idea what a privilege it would turn out to be.
My understanding of the commitment that veterans and their families have for our country and for our memorial has increased greatly.
Firstly, a new committee was brought together with some of the original members from the early nineties along with some new veterans. We continued the requirements to have served in one of the branches of service during a time of declared conflict and to have either grown up in Pike County or moved here soon after your time in service.
Recently, we clarified the requirements for placement on the memorial by defining “having lived in Pike County” to mean any ten year period of residence here. Proof of service during conflict would be provided on a Form DD214 showing dates of service.
As these twelve years have passed, our committee members have realized the need to place the care, upkeep and management of the Pike County Veterans Memorial in the hands of younger veterans from across our county.
Committee members Dan Turner, George Lienhard and myself are moving aside for new members Jim Turner, Steven Korte, Jamie Epperson and Tom Marshall.
Marshall is the designated replacement for Mike Betts by VFW Post 5553. Mike is recently deceased and served faithfully as a memorial committee member. Ken Billings will continue on the committee representing American Legion Post 370. Jamie Epperson, as Secretary/Treasurer, handles the business of the memorial, answers questions and works with veterans and their families on requests to be placed on the Pike County Veterans Memorial. He can be reached at 573-784-9917.
We appreciate the support of the Pike County Commission, past and present, elected officials at the courthouse who look after the memorial and the thousands of citizens who appreciate our beautiful soldiers memorial. We believe it is one of the best county memorials in our nation.