continued While he was reflecting on some way to illustrate part of what he wanted to share with the audience, Mosholder said he remembered a unique feature of the B-17 and B-29 Bombers used in WWII. As the planes approach their target, the pilots would flip a switch and turn over control of the plane to the bombardier who would make the necessary adjustments before dropping their ordinance. Once this was accomplished, the bombardier would shout, “Bombs away!” signaling to the pilot that the mission was complete and that it was now the pilot’s turn to take back control of the plane and return them safely home.
Civilians, like the pilots, entrust our serviceman and women with the responsibility of defending our freedom and security. Our servicemen and women, like the bombardiers, take responsibility for completing the mission. Moshholder said that once our men and women in uniform complete their mission, it is our collective responsibility to ensure that they come home safely, just as it is the pilot’s responsibility to bring the bombardier home once he hears “Bombs away!”
“We need to make sure that our veterans return to the dignity of a home, of employment, and of the health benefits they were promised when they signed on for the mission,” he concluded.
After the ceremonial laying of the wreath, Waterston paid tribute to Legionnaires who had passed away since last year by announcing each member’s name followed by ringing the memorial bell.
Many groups participated in the parade and service. The Johnsburg Central School (JCS) Marching Band along with the flag corps were led by Boy Scout Troop 36, the Cub Scouts, and Girl Scout Brownies from the school to the memorial.
Carolyn Bischoff sang the national anthem. Jonathan DeLappa directed the band; Mary Leach, the flag corps. The Rev. Ron Allen, Legion Post chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction. JCS Marching Band members, Jonathan Sears and Montana Berg performed “Taps.” After the service, people were invited to gather at the North Creek Volunteer Fire Company, where refreshments were provided.