On November 4th, at Lander University, three distinguished members of American Legion Lake-Garrett Post 25 were inducted into the prestigious Veteran Hall of Heroes. Alongside 49 other local veterans, they were recognized for their remarkable service in an event jointly hosted by Veterans Service Organizations from Greenwood and Laurens Counties.
Chaplain Phil Wyatt of Post 25 (also Senior Pastor of the Second Baptist Church of Laurens) opened the ceremony with a stirring rendition of the national anthem.
State Senator Billy Garrett and District 42 Representative Doug Gilliam delivered remarks, emphasizing the importance of honoring our veterans and their invaluable contributions.
Two honorees from Post 25, Adjutant Barbara Lynn Boyd and Commander James C. Peterson, collectively represented over 31 years of dedicated military service. Their induction was a well-deserved recognition of their unwavering commitment to our nation.
A particularly touching moment occurred when 101-year-old Legionnaire and WWII veteran Paul S. O’dell was specially recognized. His presence served as a powerful reminder of the enduring legacy of those who served during the most significant conflict of the 20th century.
The ceremony closed with a poignant Slow Salute led by Lt. General (3-stars) Milford H. Beagle, Jr., with Mr. O’dell placed front and center, receiving well-deserved admiration and gratitude.
The induction of these American Legion Lake-Garrett Post 25 members into the Veteran Hall of Heroes is a powerful reminder of the sacrifices made by veterans and the immeasurable contributions they have made to our nation. It underscores the importance of never forgetting their sacrifices and the debt of gratitude we owe to our veterans.