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George Buckmaster plays taps at a Veterans Day service in Goshen on Monday, Nov. 11. The service was held at the memorial on the Elkhart County Courthouse lawn (Truth Photo By Nick Wesman) (AP)

Roger Bayak (left) salutes the flag as Mark Crowder and Joe Farrel fire shots at a Veterans Day service in Goshen on Monday, Nov. 11. The service was held at the memorial on the Elkhart County Courthouse lawn. (Truth Photo By Nick Wesman) (AP)

Goshen residents gather on the sidewalk near the Elkhart County Courthouse lawn for a Veterans Day service on Monday, Nov. 11. (Truth Photo By Nick Wesman) (AP)
Goshen honors veterans with service on courthouse lawn

Posted on Nov. 11, 2013 at 12:00 a.m. | Updated on Nov. 11, 2013 at 4:13 p.m.

GOSHEN — Dozens turned out for a brief Veterans Day ceremony held on the lawn of the Elkhart County Courthouse on Monday, Nov. 11.

Roger Bayak of the Goshen Veterans of Foreign Wars led the service at the memorial for Elkhart County veterans on the east lawn of the courthouse.

Bayak first honored veterans of World War II. “Many never came home,” he said. “Many others returned bearing scars that would stay with them the rest of their lives.”

Veterans, he said, returned home and “built this country.”

Bayak then read a poem written by John Baily entitled “Taking a Stand” before reading a Veterans Day prayer written by third-grade students at St. John’s School.

“Let us never forget to honor, thank and respect them,” Bayak read. “We ask that you send your blessings on them for their sacrifice and hard work in keeping us safe and able to embark on our journey of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.”

At the end of the prayer, the VFW’s honor guard fired off three rounds. The service concluded with the playing of taps by two guard members.