Knights of Columbus hold sixth annual ceremony
by James Phillips
May 28, 2013 | 1118 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The family of Hubert Plunkett place a wreath at the foot of the veteran’s monument at Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper during a ceremony Monday. Plunkett was a veteran who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Plunkett died in January. – Photo by: James Phillips.
The family of Hubert Plunkett place a wreath at the foot of the veteran’s monument at Walker Memory Gardens in Jasper during a ceremony Monday. Plunkett was a veteran who served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. Plunkett died in January. – Photo by: James Phillips.
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The Knights of Columbus from St. Cecilia Catholic Church sponsored its sixth annual Memorial Day ceremony in the veterans section of Walker Memory Gardens Monday.

The event was attended by more than 50 area residents.

“Today, some are happy to have an extra day away from the office — a three-day weekend. Some are working on their lawn, playing golf or grilling out. Those things are all fine, but you are here remembering what makes this day great. You have put the first thing first,” said Lt. Col. John Boggan, the ceremony’s guest speaker.

Boggan, a Birmingham native, is a 29-year Army veteran who served in Operation Desert Storm. Boggan has been deployed seven times to international locations.

“This is the type of man that you want defending your country — his dedication is unshakable.” said David Hester, a member of the Knights of Columbus and organizer of the event.

Boggan spoke on the history of Memorial Day, citizenship and the sacrifices of military families.

“Don’t thank me for serving you, thank my family for allowing me to,” he said.

Hubert Plunkett, a local veteran, was also honored during Monday’s ceremony. Plunkett served in the Army, Navy and Air Force. He was active in World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam.

“Hubert dedicated his life to serving our country,” Hester said. “In his later years, he would watch the news and see what was going on in Iraq and Afghanistan and joke about re-enlisting to help out the boys that were over there.”

Plunkett died at 88 in January. His widow and son were honored Monday and asked to lay a wreath during the ceremony.