Statue dedication punctuates Legion Post 24’s salute to veterans

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DAGSBORO – Veterans Day ceremonies at American Legion Post 24 featured sincere thanks to each and every veteran – and a daughter’s patriotic salute to her dad.

In a ceremony punctuated with emotion, statues of America’s five Armed Forces services branches – Coast Guard, Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines – donated by Becky Pulley and her husband were dedicated at the flag pole site at Post 24 at U.S. 113 and Rt. 26.

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Becky Pulley, right, and her stepmother Linda McCready share an emotional moment following the dedication of Armed Forces service branch statues donated by Ms. Pulley and her husband in memory of her father – Sgt. William B. McCready Sr.

“These statues are very befitting for our Post,” said Ms. Pulley, an honored military veteran and Finance Officer for Legion Post 24. “Every time you drive in you will remember what our mission is.”

During military service as a radio communications officer with the U.S. Army, Ms. Pulley was wounded – the first female casualty in Operation Desert Storm. She received the Purple Heart.

Her father, Sgt. William B. McCready Sr., served in the Army during the Korean War and also in Germany. He passed away about a year ago.

“He died two days after he moved here a year ago,” said Ms. Pulley. “He was born and raised in Crisfield so this was close to home.”

Ms. Pulley said her dad “would stop anyone he knew when we were together and he was so proud to introduce me as his daughter … the first female wounded in combat during the Gulf War.”

An Annapolis native Ms. Pulley and her husband are locating in Bishopville, Md.

Legion Post 24 Commander Dennis Daniels called Veterans Day “a special day. We’re here to honor our veterans.”

Military service branches out in the family tree of Post 24 member Dale Nauman, 73, of Long Neck.

“I have uncles that served; two of them were disabled when they were in there in World War II; my grandfather was in World War I,” said Mr. Nauman, who served in Vietnam with Navy. “And I did lose a few friends in Vietnam. So it’s all for them; honor them all of the time … living or dead.”

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Sue Bonaventure hands a personalized “Thank You” card to Vietnam veteran Dale Nauman during Veterans Day ceremonies at American Legion Post 24.

That was echoed by Dagsboro native Sue Bonaventure. With some help from her church, Bethel United Methodist Church, she presented 50 hand-written, personalized “Thank You” cards to veterans, thanking them for their service.

“My father, my brother, my husband, my son – they all served,” said Ms. Bonaventure. “This is an extra-special day. This is why we are free. This is it in a nutshell.”

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Four-year-old Summer Bunting presented the Pledge of Allegiance at Post 24’s Veterans Day event.

Comm. Daniels noted that a veteran is someone who at one point in their life “wrote a blank check” payable to the United States of America in an amount that could be their life.

“There are way too many people in this country who no longer understand what it means,” said Comm. Daniels. “We’ve got to get back to reality.”

Comm. Daniels challenged the Legion family – Legion, Auxiliary, Sons of the American Legion and Legion Riders – to take their dedication, passion and mission for respect beyond the walls of the Post.

“We’ve got a great family of American Legion membership,” he said. “But everybody has to take this outside of the American Legion; to kids that are growing up today. Let them understand what respect is to not just a veteran but to other members of the community.”

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com.

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American Legion Post 24 Commander Dennis Daniels presents a folded flag to Becky Pulley, who donated statues of America’s Armed Forces service branches to the Post in memory of her father, Sgt. William B. McCready.

News Editor Glenn Rolfe can be reached at grolfe@newszap.com

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