Paying homage to veterans


Allied and Axis leaders met in Versailles to bring an end to World War I 100 years ago this week.

On Saturday, veterans of several wars – including veterans of that fi rst great international war – were honored on the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day.

Now called Veterans Day, the observance stretched out across the three-day weekend in Person County.

On Saturday, veterans marched – or rode in jeeps and trailers – through Uptown Roxboro. The small crowd scattered along Main Street to greet them grew by the time the crowd reached the Person County Museum of History where music and a little military protocol mixed with somber remembrances.

Former Person High School history teacher Don Waldo led the crowd on a quick history of World War I, explaining how the assassination of Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand brought countries into a war posture and created political alignments that pitted powerful countries against each other.

By the the third year of the war, the U.S. was drawn into the military action and, within another year or so, the fighting was over.

But the fighting cost 20 Person County men their lives.

On Saturday, those who attended heard each one of those names read aloud, followed by the plaintive sound of a bell that rang once for each name.

Person County’s World War I dead included 1st Lt. William C. Bailey, Pvt. Robert Blackwell, Pvt. Lex C. Brown, PFC Willie Childress, Pvt. Henderson Clayton, PFC Arthur Deshazo, Pvt. David C. Dixon, Pft. Joseph C. Evans, Pct. Benjamin J. Franklin, Pvt. Charlie Humphrey, Pfc. Leonard J. Long, Sgt. Fletcher W. Merritt, PFC Bennie H. Paylor, Pvt. Dallas Rimmer, Pvt. Charlie Terrell, Pvt. George T. Wilborn, Pvt. Johnnie Wilburn, PFC Hugh A. Williams, 1st Lt Guy J. Winstead and Pvt. Robert L. Woody.


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