Sunday, November 11, 2012
Share your memories of family and friends who have served in the armed forces.
Perry Hall has no shortage of community members who have served their country in the armed forces. Honor your neighbors, family and friends this Veterans Day on Patch. Tell us how and where they served in the comments. Be sure to add his or her photo to the gallery, as well.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
Local seniors celebrated Veterans Day during an annual musical celebration with the Oakettes.
On the cusp of Veterans Day, a crowd of Perry Hall seniors reflected on times of war and peace in their nation's history. On Friday morning at the Perry Hall McDonald's, 88-year-old John Poferl slowly pulled himself to his feet as the Oakettes sang "God Bless America." The retired homebuilder served in the U.S. Coast Guard during World War II, a deck hand on ships in both the Atlantic and Pacific between 1943 and 1947. "Veterans Day—it's a reason to remember all we went through," Poferl said. At another table sat Melvin Foard, 77, who served stateside in the U.S. Army Reserve between 1955 and 1963. He went on to become a machinist and is now retired. "There are soldiers still over there fighting for our country. They're still …
Friday, November 11, 2011
U.S. Army Capt. J.J. Strassner spoke to more than 50 fifth-graders about his experiences in Iraq.
This past summer in Iraq, U.S. Army Capt. J.J. Strassner was responsible for three aircraft, 23 military personnel and an entire medevac operation. But the 28-year-old Perry Hall native faced a very different challenge Thursday morning at Joppa View Elementary School. His mission: Teach more than 50 fifth-graders what it means to be a veteran. Follow Perry Hall Patch on Facebook and Twitter. A slideshow photo of a gecko ("These crawled all over the walls at our base," he said.) elicited the most vocal response from his audience. A photo of his medavac Black Hawk helicopter during a sandstorm ("It's really scary," Strassner said) likewise drew an awe-filled reaction from the children. His slideshow was followed by a show-and-tell …