Knox County Historical Commission
Veterans Memorial Project
Dedication Ceremonies
November 11, 2000

Honor Guard from Ft. Sill, OK., strike the colors.

Honor Guard returning to post after striking the colors.

Taking part in the program were (l-r) Don Roberts, soloist; Fred Crenshaw,poem; Charles Baker, Master of Ceremonies, John Gillispie, Veterans Service Officer reading scripture before giving invocation; Judge David Perdue, speaking with State Rep. David Counts; and Keith Wells, Guest Speaker of Dedication.

Keith Wells, Guest Speaker.

Some of the 500 plus people attending the Dedication Ceremonies.

Ft. Sill Honor Guard presenting a Gun Salute and blowing of Taps.

(l-r) Don Roberts; Fred Crenshaw; David N. Perdue, County Judge; Charles Baker; Alice Partridge, Chairperson of the Knox County Historical Commission, dedicating the Memorial to all who served; Keith Wells; and John Gillispie.

Many of the Veterans in attendance who were asked to come to the front of the large crowd, as Mrs. Partridge dedicated this Memorial to them and the others who served.

Snuggled up against their "favorite" teacher, Nancy McGregor, to watch Knox County history in the making on this cold November morning were, (l-r) Leah Vaderpol, Julia Acevedo (peeking over) Sharria Hern and Karla Benson.

Following the ceremonies, those in attendance finally got a close up view of the Memorial.

Reflections of the present, on the past!

(l-r)Bill English, Groundbreaking Speaker
Keith Wells, Dedication Guest Speaker.
Both men served, with distinction, on Iwo Jima.

To the right of center is Paul Hoge, a former resident of Knox City, visiting with State Rep. David Counts, both Vetrans, whose names are listed among the 4,000 plus engraved.

Loyce B. (Blue Eyes) Dennington, Veteran of World War II, standing next to the monolith upon which his name is carved. Mr. Dennington entered the service at 18 years of age and served for 27 years. It was noted during the dedication that Mr. Dennington is probably the only living Veteran of WW II that can still wear his service uniform.

Among the many who had pictures made next the the name of a loved one are (l-r) Sissy Freeby Gragg and Dorethy Freeby Harrison, beside the name of their father, Henry Edward Freeby, Sr., a Veteran of World War I.

Dennis Duke, Project Coordinator, and grandson Peyton Landry Boone, looking at the finished product of granddads labor of love and dedication to the Knox County Vetrans Memorial.
Dennis was presented a special plaque of recognition for his vision, to bring a dream to reality.
Thanks again Dennis, ya done good!

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