As Elk County and the nation take the first tentative steps out of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Ridgway American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, and The Ridgway Military Honor Detail came together to pay honor to those fallen in two separate ceremonies in Ridgway on Monday. It was a smaller ceremony than is traditional, as many are still wary crowds in the wake of 2020.
The Ridgway Legion, VFW, and Honor Guard came together first on the Clarion Bridge to honor those lost in the nation's battles on the sea and in the air by tossing a bouquet of flowers into the Clarion River. A small parade, led by Chief Ralph Tettis of the Ridgway Police Department, members of the American Legion, the VFW, and the Military Honor Detail, proceeded down Main Street to the Elk County Courthouse.
With the perfect weather conditions, the remembrance continued to the main steps of the Elk County Courthouse and the newly refurbished War Memorial featuring flags from all branches of the service. Police Chief Tettis read aloud the Policeman's Prayer, followed by a moving speech by Ridgway VFW Commander John Fletcher, followed by Deputy Tom Fullem of the American Legion.