November 12, 2021

SGTMAJ Gary Truscott (Ret.) was the gust speaker at the 2021 Veterans Day Celebration (Photo Credit: BCVMB)

It may have been a bit chilly outside, but the weather didn’t stop people from Pocatello and the surrounding area from turning out in support of the local veterans community on this Veteran’s Day, 2021.

Scores of area residents turned out yesterday for a celebration of veterans that took place at the Bannock County Veterans Memorial Building (Memorial Building).  The celebration included a flag raising ceremony, lunch, a ribbon cutting for the museum that was recently set up in the Memorial Building, and donations by local businesses for veterans causes.

The posting of the colors started the day’s proceedings, taking place at 11:11 a.m. (signifying the end of hostilities in World War I on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918) with the Idaho State University ROTC Bengal Detachment Color Guard raising the American and POW/MIA flags.

Idaho State University ROTC Bengal Detachment Color Guard Prepares to Post the Colors (Photo Credit: BCVMB)

Following the flag raising, the ceremony moved inside the Memorial Building.  Melissa Hartman acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the day, introducing Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad, who gave the invocation.  Major David Worley then led the Pledge of Allegiance, after which Charity Anderson sang the National Anthem.

SGTMAJ Gary Truscott (Retired) was the guest speaker, giving a well-received talk.

Master of Ceremonies Melissa Hartman introduces Pocatello Mayor Brian Blad who gave the invocation as Charity Anderson, who sang the National Anthem, looks on (Photo Credit: BCVMB)

Members of the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce were on hand, undertaking the ribbon cutting for the new Bannock County Veterans Memorial Association (BCVMA) Museum, the creation of which was spearheaded by BCVMA Historian Miguel Dominic.

A surprise presentation was made by Steel West, donating $15,000 toward the replacement of the flagpole outside the building after a recent inspection revealed that the current flagpole had structural issues.  in addition, a $5000 donation to the James E. Johnson Memorial Endowment was announced.

Major David Worley prepares to lead the Pledge of Allegiance (Photo Credit: BCVMB)

At the completion of the ceremonies, everyone present enjoyed a BBQ pork with fixings lunch.  The pulled pork sandwiches were provided by Blackhawk BBQ, the popular veteran and family owned food truck and caterer, sponsored by Farm Bureau.  Other contributors to the meal included the BCVMB, the American Legion Auxiliary, the VFW Auxiliary, and the AMVETS Auxiliary.

Members of the Pocatello Chamber of Commerce were on hand for the ribbon cutting for the BCVMA museum (Photo Credit: BCVMB)


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