February 15, 2016 - VFW Post 8904 and Auxiliary members braved the elements for an event held on the historic Shelby County Courthouse Monday, February 15, 2016 in observation of the USS Maine sinking and loss of the lives of its passengers during the Spanish-American War.
Just before 10am, those present gathered at the Shelby County Veterans Memorial while Larry Hume, Quartermaster, recited a speech as a strong wind blew and rain fell from the skies.
"We're here to commemorate the 118th anniversary of the sinking of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor, which led to the Spanish-American War," said Hume. "The Spanish-American War only lasted about four months, but from that war came the Veterans of Foreign Wars. It was not called that in those days, but from those veterans that were not being taken care of by the government our organization was formed."
Hume continued and said Teddy Roosevelt told his troops as they were mustering out, "Enjoy the next 15 days, because after that you will be forgotten."
Taps was played as presented by John Piersol and the wreath in honor of the USS Maine was visible on the Veterans Memorial.
Sherry Riley, Veterans Service Officer, was present for the event and Hume remarked at the end of the event that her position is now full-time with her hours at the historic courthouse being from 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.
"If you know any veterans that need any help with paperwork and so forth, please send them to Sherry," said Hume.