To the men and women of VFW Post 3020 who have come to carry out honor guard duties, the deal is certainly real enough, as they again include Riverton War Memorial on their tour of duty for this beautiful Sunday morning.
As noted before here, this is only one of many stops the dedicated team will make as they perform at Veterans Day ceremonies in the area this week.
Their members actually outnumbered the small group of civilians which had come acknowledge the sacrifice made by veterans to preserve our way of life and to witness the addition of three new names to the Riverton Honor Roll: Richard B. Frost-Army, Richard J. Laverty-Air Force, Alan Saville-Army.
For the relatives and friends who had come to witness those being inducted into the Riverton Honor Roll, it was a proud moment – certainly worth a photo-op.
The New Era article announced what the community already knew all too well, having endured five years of sending its young men and women to defend America:
Riverton, Palmyra, and Cinnaminson have contributed much in the blood of their sons to achieve the victory at which the Allied world rejoices.
That word – blood – followed by the long list of names, is a solemn reminder that many have paid the ultimate price for the freedom we enjoy today.
At the end, I had the privilege of meeting a man who was one of the three men being added today. My friend, Don Dietz, introduced Richard B. Frost as an “Atomic Veteran.”
I did not know what that was.
Don explained (and I googled later) that according to the National Assn. of Atomic Veterans, atomic veterans are…
… members of the United States Armed Forces who participated in atmospheric and underwater nuclear weapons tests from 16 July, 1945 to 30 October 1962.
Since Congress repealed the Nuclear Radiation Secrecy Agreement Act in 1996, thus rescinding the Atomic Veteran secrecy oath, veterans may now tell of their participation in nuclear weapon testing without legal penalty. Don has suggested that we sit down with Mr. Frost and hear his story.
But just in case, keep that on the down low. You know – Loose lips…
If you have information or photos about a Riverton veteran that we could include here or in our Riverton Veterans Album, please let us know.
In closing, to all veterans and to the men and women of VFW Post 3020 , thank you for your service. – JMc