A new tradition in Duncan Falls began this Veterans Day to honor those who have served our country. Timing couldn’t have been better for the Johnson family, a family who’s veteran gave the ultimate sacrifice. World War II veteran Private Marion O. Johnson was the first to be recognized by the Duncan Falls-Philo Lions Club. Johnson was lost at sea after the sinking of the HMT Rohna.
"It was sunk off the coast of Africa on his was to India in 1943, and his family did not know what happened to him until 1993." said Lions Club president, Debbie Tyo.
"I was actually born five months after he was killed, so I didn’t get to know my dad." explained Johnson’s son, Vernon. "…It was very hard on my mother at that time, and it was years and years later before she found out what really happened to him."
Private Johnson was in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In his honor the Lions Club will fly and Army flag below the American Flag for one month. A sign out front will have his information on it, so those driving by can also recognize his service.
"He gavet he ultimate sacrifice, we’re glad they did this today to honor him. We’re real pleased about it." said Dale Johnson, son.
"I don’t think we can honor them too much." said Helen Deal, Johnson’s sister. "They’ve given their lives for our lives.
Veterans will continue to be honored past Sunday’s event. The Lions Club will begin honoring a veteran monthly. For an application to nominate a veteran you know, you can contact Debbie Tyo at 740-452-6667.