Veteran's Courtyard Ceremony

By: Amy Bingham
By: Amy Bingham

MORE THAN THIRTY VETERANS FROM THE AREA... NOW HAVE A BRICK IN THEIR HONOR.
THE FIRST BRICK LAYING CEREMONY OF 2006... WAS HELD TODAY AT THE "VETERANS MEMORIAL COURTYARD"... NEXT TO THE WARREN COUNTY COURTHOUSE.
THE COURTYARD OPENED LAST YEAR... AS A WAY TO HONOR THOSE WHO SERVED IN THE ARMED FORCES... BOTH LIVING AND DECEASED.
THE DURBIN FAMILY AND THE GROUND FAMILY... EACH HAD *LARGE* STONES DEDICATED... TO HONOR FIVE FAMILY MEMBERS WHO WERE VETERANS.
THIRTY *INDIVIDUAL* BRICKS WERE ALSO DEDICATED.
THE ONLY LIVING VETERAN FROM THE GROUND FAMILY... HAS HIS NAME IN THE COURTYARD TWICE.
78-YEAR-OLD MAXIE GROUND WAS TOO YOUNG TO SERVE IN WORLD WAR TWO...BUT ONCE HE TURNED 18....THE ARMY FOUND SOMETHING ELSE FOR HIM TO DO.
GROUND IS TALKING ABOUT HIS TIME SERVING AS A GUARD AT THE NUREMBERG TRIALS IN GERMANY IN 1946.
THE "BIG DANCE" WAS THE NIGHT GROUND WATCHED AS TEN PEOPLE CONVICTED OF WAR CRIMES WERE CONDEMNED TO HANGING....
GROUND SAYS HE WAS NEVER SCARED OF THE NAZI LEADERS HE WAS GUARDING..BUT HE DOES REMEMBER THE NIGHT ONE OF THE CRIMINALS RAISED HIS VOICE AT HIM.
GROUND SAYS THE GUARDS WENT SEVERAL YEARS WITHOUT RECOGNITION BUT HISTORY HAS BEEN KIND AND HE AND HIS FAMILY ARE PROUD OF THE DEDICATION.
MAXIE'S OLDER BROTHERS... ROBERT, AUBREY, AND CLIFTON GROUND... ALL SURVIVED WORLD WAR TWO.
HIS YOUNGER BROTHER, ELVIS... SERVED IN THE AIR FORCE IN ENGLAND.
MORE THAN TWO DOZEN MEMBERS OF THE GROUND FAMILY ATTENDED TODAY'S CEREMONY... INCLUDING ONE WHO TRAVELED ALL THE WAY FROM ALASKA.


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