Following the Veterans Day parade, the citizens of Eagle Point dedicated a plaque in honor of all Vietnam veterans. The plaque resides on the rocks near the covered bridge where several plaques can be found that honor veterans of other wars.
Retired director of the Eagle Point National Cemetery, Darryl Ferrell, spoke at the dedication ceremony about his experiences while serving as a Marine during the Vietnam War. Ferrell emphasized the need to support the veterans and troops now serving. "No one supports war and no one wants to go to war but the heroes are those who are scared and shed their blood, yet they come home feeling the nation despises them," said Ferrell. "Everyone of us needs to support troops. With no support, we are a nation not doing our job."
Vietnam veteran, Larry Rupp of Medford, attended the ceremony. "I am very proud to be at this ceremony." Rupp served seven years in the Army, during which time he received two silver stars, two bronze stars, three purple hearts, the Army commendation Medal of Valor, Air Medal and the Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
Helen Wolgamott, who played a big part organizing the dedication, found the ceremony touching. "I feel so numb right now, " she explained.
Ferrell finished the dedication saying it best, "Eagle Point and its citizens are very proud of our veterans and it is an honor to dedicate this plaque to them."
By Kim Shaffer
Of the Independent