Aaron Joyner, second with left, receives an encased U.S. flag from, left to right, retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Herbert Joyner, Wayne Outlaw, inactive U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Ervin, Buck Pittman and Russell Cockrell.

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Aaron Joyner, second with left, receives an encased U.S. flag from, left to right, retired U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer Herbert Joyner, Wayne Outlaw, inactive U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class James Ervin, Buck Pittman and Russell Cockrell.

Ruritans honor veterans, first responders

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Members of the West Mount Ruritan Club recently recognized and honored community heroes, which included veterans, emergency services personnel – including fire and law enforcement – and senior citizens.

Following a lunch of barbequed and fried chicken with all the trimmings, the group enjoyed a POW/MIA presentation by James Ervin and Herbert Joyner, members of the Oak Level Ruritan Club, who were representing American Legion Post 110, VFW Post 2057 and the Joint Veterans Committee of Nash & Edgecombe Counties.

Following the presentation and in recognition of Veteran’s Day, Sue Brinkley sang a patriotic tribute to honor all veterans in attendance, closing the presentation with a gospel song.

The highlight of the ceremony was the presentation of an encased U.S. flag to World War II U.S. Army veteran PFC Aaron Joyner. Joyner was captured during the Battle of the Bulge, held for 66 days and released as the war ended.

Ruritans are known nationally for their mission of fellowship, goodwill and community service. Nash County serves as home to seven Ruritan Clubs, and their contributions to the community and the community at large through the years have been significant. Projects include, but are not limited to, educational scholarships, assistance to needy individuals/families, Boy/Girl Scouts, American Cancer Society/Relay for Life, blood drives, youth programs/activities, Home Delivered Meals and other senior citizen programs, Hunter Safety/Concealed Training programs, Drug Abuse programs and school weekend Back Pack programs.