Marysville News

Veterans Day ceremony

Neibler, Porter to be honored at Nov. 11 event


Union County residents are invited to gather Nov. 11 at Veterans Plaza on the Union County Courthouse lawn at the corner of Fifth and Court streets in Marysville for Veterans Day observances at 2 p.m.

Esther Carmany, Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee secretary, said 16 new pavers will be dedicated that day during a Voices from the Stone ceremony that will remember two 1934 Marysville High School graduates, John L. "Blackie" Porter and Harold W. Neibler.

Both were World War II airmen who were shot down in the same plane Dec. 10, 1943, by the Japanese over Burma. They were carrying war supplies over the Himalayan mountains.

"Their bodies were never recovered," Carmany said.

Sharon Kuntz, Neibler's niece, will speak for the Neibler family at the ceremony and Janet Porter, Porter's cousin, will speak for the Porter family.

"We have this event each year on Veterans Day, honoring a veteran whose name is engraved on our monument," Carmany said of the Voices from the Stone ceremony.

Bruce "Bo" Johnstone, docent director of the Union County Historical Society, will act as master of ceremonies for the event.

The monument in front of the courthouse was dedicated in May 2007. It honors 175 veterans who were detained as prisoners of war and 522 local veterans who were killed in the line of duty.

Though Neibler's name is already on the monument, his family bought a 2-foot by 2-foot granite paver to be placed near the monument just this year.

All 16 pavers were placed Thursday, Oct. 31, but will be dedicated at the Nov. 11 ceremony. The other 15 new pavers were bought by the families of the veterans.

All the families have been invited to attend the Nov. 11 ceremony.

The paver program offers a brick or granite paver with a personal engraving that can be purchased to honor any family member or a specific veteran, regardless of whether that veteran has lived in Union County.

Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Oscar Decker, who is chairman of the Union County Veterans Remembrance Committee, said the names on the stone include Union County military personnel killed in action since the Civil War.

The Veterans Day observance will include several songs plus the presentation of a wreath and a flag. Court Street will be blocked off and Boy Scout troops will be on hand to help people find their seats.