NEBRASKA CITY – Roger Kopf of Nebraska City reports a first for the city’s Fourth of July ceremony.
He suspects for the first time in Nebraska City history, the color guard presenting the flag before the fireworks show included a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary.
Shelly Ramage called serving on the color guard a wonderful experience.
Ramage: “I’ve never done anything like that before, even in the military. We had practice for parades or different things, but, just being there with our community here in Nebraska City and seeing all of the faces of people you know and love. All the little kids that would come up and thank us for our service. It must made me very proud to be part of our community here.”
Kopf said health issues and prior commitments among American Legion members presented a need for a new volunteer.
Ramage thanked the VFW Auxiliary for giving her the chance to be on the color guard and thanked Kopf.
Ramage: “I appreciate the VFW Auxiliary post here giving me the chance to do that and I think Roger Kopf. He’s kind of a forward thinker and he wants to make things happen and have people remember our veterans and the people that have gone on before us and their sacrifice.”
Ramage served nearly five years in the U.S. Army and met her husband, Bill, while stationed in New York.