Rutland Residents at Inauguration Events

Rutland residents Bill Anderson and Pam Gulleson were among the thousands who attended the Inauguration ceremonies in Washington, D.C., in January.  Accompanying them were Lowell Wyum of Forman and Lance Gulleson of Lisbon.  They have provided several photos from the inauguration events and photos taken at the Vietnam War Memorial Wall in which Bill Anderson is pointing at some names.  Bill sends along this information:  “Larry Dyer and Larry Greene served with me in the US Marine infantry platoon I commanded in Vietnam, and were killed in action on February 4, 1970, brother Paul’s 21st birthday and a day I will never forget.  They were both only 19 years old.  Cleo Levang was from Forman and graduated from Sargent Central High School in 1964.  He was in the Marines, too, and was killed in action on January 5, 1967.  He was only 20 years old.  I thought that our national leaders had learned the lessons of Vietnam, but Iraq showed us that you are not likely to learn the lessons if you never showed up for the class.  Anyway, we had a great time in Washington.  It was a  trip of a lifetime and I am really glad that I went.  There were millions of happy, hopeful, positive and optimistic Americans there on Inauguration Day, very pleased that a dark chapter in American history was coming to a close and that a new day was dawning for the American people, and the people of the world.  Well, that’s enough preaching.”

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