An observance on the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks was held in Delta Sunday as a new memorial was dedicated at the Lee Marts VFW Post home.
The memorial is a chain saw carving of the Soldier's Cross - also called a Battle Cross, Fallen Soldier Battle Cross or Battlefield Cross.
The poignant assemblage is comprised of a soldier's boots, rifle and helmet that are placed at the site of a fallen comrade's final battle.
According to an online authority, a tradition of assembling a lost comrade's gear in this manner began with the American Civil War, or possibly earlier. The practice served as a way to identify bodies on the battle field before removal for burial.
The wooden memorial was carved from a tree stump with a chain saw by an individual in fulfillment of a community service obligation.
In addition to dedication of the Soldier's Cross Memorial, the Post and Auxiliary added the first 10 engraved brick pavers to its military service flag display on Highway 50 at H-38 Road. The bricks have been purchased out of respect to honor, or in some cases to remember, ones who have served in America's military services.
The 10 bricks added to the pedestal have on them the names of Randy Wheeler, Orval Lynn Sebring, Eugene L. Drusell, Shelley Anderson, Laurence Dicamillo, Edward J. Applegate, Maynard Gudahl, Michael W. Stahly, John W. Miller and George E. Butcher.
The VFW's service flag display also holds engraved metal plates that serve the same purpose as the engraved brick pavers. The plates and brick pavers are available by contacting the Delta VFW Post or Auxiliary.
The Delta 9/11 observance was conducted by the Lee Marts VFW Post and Auxiliary #3571. The event included remarks and prayers offered by Mike and Linda Stahly in remembrance of the almost 3,000 American lives lost in the 9/11 attacks.
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