Veteran to be honored May 17

CLEAR FORK VALLEY —An American flag will be raised May 17 in front of the Richland County Courthouse in honor of deceased Richland County U.S. Army Veteran Billy L. Owen.

The ceremony will be at 6 p.m.

Owen served in the U. S. Army from Nov. 30, 1945 to Mar. 31, 1947. He received the World War 11 Victory Medal and the Army of Occupation Medal.

Owen was born Sept. 21, 1927 and graduated from Mansfield Senior High School in 1945. He was self employed as a siding contactor but never really retired until he was 88 years old. He passed away July 18, 2017.

The Honored Veteran’s Flag will be flown for 21 days at the Richland County Administration Building. After that the Veteran’s name will be engraved on a brass name plate and added to a plaque listing veterans honored in the same manner already displayed on the wall in the foyer of the Richland County Administration Building.

The Joint Veterans Council of Richland County operates the flag program.

To seek this special honor for a deceased family veteran, contact Bruce Phipps, commander at the Richland County Joint Veterabs Counsel, at 419-524-5844.