By Matt de Simone
The Troutville Sunshine Girls held their annual Veterans Day Celebration at Troutville Town Hall last Friday in honor of Veterans Day. Local veterans, family, and friends celebrated local men and women who have defended the freedoms of the United States of America in service to their country.
Sunshine Girl Lee Henry welcomed everyone to the celebration and honored several individuals with fellow Sunshine Girls awarding them with medals in appreciation of their service. Botetourt County Sheriff Matt Ward spoke during the event and thanked everyone for attending.
“I stand among grateful men and women today and I thank you very much,” Ward said.
The following veterans were honored during Friday’s celebration: Marion Noel, John Eakin, Robert A. Craighead, Carl Price Pollard, Jack Cassell, Louis C. Silcox, Richard Rock, Lee Saunders Anthony, Peter Dunn, Everette “Stan” Diez, Jerry Reed, Peter Howarth, Terry Northington, Bill Rader, Curtis “Skip” Simmons, Roger Reed, John Heath, Charles “Chuck” Geiger, David Riddleberger, Col. Glenn B. Hammond, Roger Firebaugh, Larry Perdue, Jerry Jacobson, Dale Bryant, Raymond Whitlock, Donnie Noel, Frank Campbell, Ken DiRocco, Sheriff Matt Ward, Chris Rivers, and Christopher Smith.