Veterans remembered at Henderson Institute

Dec. 08, 2013 @ 09:34 AM

The Henderson Institute Historical Museum recently hosted an event to honor veterans.

Dr. Samuel Merritt gave the welcoming. Merritt is a Vietnam veteran who graduated from Henderson Institute.

The Warren County JROTC color guard raised the national and state flags to a Whitney Houston rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.

After the flags were raised, the group sang “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”

The keynote speaker for the event was Rev. Saint Silver of Henderson. He was introduced by retired Col. Randy L. Royster. Both are veterans of Vietnam.

Silver is a recipient of the Bronze Star. He fought with friendly Vietnamese forces in the Go Cong Delta.

During the event the museum’s newest exhibit was introduced. The exhibit contains the uniform and decorations of retired Capt. Kimp Talley of the U.S. Air Force, who served as an early colored commercial airline pilot after completing his military service.

The ceremony concluded with silent prayer with “Taps” playing in the background.