Veterans Honored at Annual Wall of Valor Ceremony

October 22, 2004 – Posted at 3:39 p.m. CDT

POPLAR BLUFF -- Patriotic flags and yellow ribbons are symbols of support for our troops. But a medical center in Poplar Bluff is honoring veterans with a very special ceremony. It's a ceremony that honors bravery and courage.

"I served my county, I don't know what to say...I was proud until they day I retired," said PFC Steve Zisk who was honored Friday.

Ten Region 8 veterans were added to the Wall of Valor in a ceremony at the Tinnin Center at Three Rivers Community College.

"I feel privileged to be one of the ones that was picked to be in this ceremony. I've been out of the military for 34 years and I know that sometimes it takes a while for these things to happen," said Spec. Darrell E. Dickson.

Veterans from all branches of service were recognized in the ceremony...and it was an emotional one for some.

"It's a great honor, if I wasn't crying it would be better," laughed Zisk through tears.

"I imagine it's emotional for a lot of veterans and their families. I'm sure there's a lot more that has been through a lot worse than I have. It's real emotional, it will make a persons eyes open about reality and what veterans have to go through," said PFC Richard Hudgens.

This year, ten men were added to the Wall of Valor. To be eligible, Veterans must have served in combat with valor and have received medals.

"It was rough, I'll tell you it was rough," said Zisk.

And it's something that impacts veterans, no matter what war.

"I get to see some of the other Veterans that are from different wars and some of them are starting to age and having a hard time, and their still being recognized and I'm glad for that," said Dickson, "I feel welcomed home, it's a honor."

Nominees for the Wall of Valor are reviewed and approved by the Veterans Service Organization Commanders and Service Officers of Southeast Missouri and Northeast Arkansas. If you have a Veteran you would like to nominate for the Wall of Valor, you can contact the VA Medical Center in Poplar Bluff.