BUCKHANNON — Buckhannon came alive on Saturday, November 11, as the community gathered to celebrate Veterans Day with a lively parade and a touching ceremony that followed. The event, organized by the American Legion and VFW, brought together people from all walks of life to honor and express gratitude for the veterans who have served and sacrificed for the nation.
After the parade concluded, sheriff Mike Coffman took the stage at Jawbone Park to say a few words and thank the community for coming out, sharing not only his own experiences but also paying tribute to a mentor and veteran, Virgil Miller.
“He was just such a great guy,” Coffman said. “There was never any place we went that he didn’t seek out another veteran to thank them for their service, no matter what branch.”
Coffman spoke with a sense of admiration, emphasizing the “unspoken stories that many veterans carry with them.” He highlighted the resilience of the military, drawing parallels between their training and the challenges faced by veterans every day.
Next, mayor Robbie Skinner welcomed the crowd with enthusiasm and thanked everyone for turning out to celebrate this cherished community event.
Skinner said the day “was an opportunity to honor those who have served the nation” and noted that West Virginia and Appalachia have contributed heavily to the armed forces.
“This region has played a unique role in building the nation,” Skinner said. “West Virginia and Appalachia, we have enjoyed having more people serve in the armed forces of this nation than anywhere else. From coal miners supplying the coal to fuel the factories to build the steel, West Virginia and our veterans have always contributed to defending and building the nation.”
The Buckhannon-Upshur High School band played each branch of the armed forces song as a tribute to those who have served, and the event ended with a somber rendition of “Taps.”
The Buckhannon Veterans Day Parade and ceremony was a blend of celebration and reflection. The community, with its vibrant spirit, came together to honor the heroes in their midst, sharing laughter, stories and a deep sense of appreciation for those who have served and sacrificed for the country.