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Elberfeld Veterans Celebrate with Cannon Fire

And while it’s been a hard year for everyone, veterans have been especially hit hard by the pandemic. But local legion chapters are still finding ways to celebrate today, like Elberfeld American Legion Post 351 with an early morning cannon fire, followed by breakfast.

Posted: Nov 11, 2020 5:52 PM

After having to cancel several events this year, the Elberfeld American Legion Post 351 decided to still celebrate Veterans Day with a big bang on Wednesday, Nov. 11th, shooting off a cannon 13 times, starting at 6 a.m.


"You cancel something on Veterans Day -- what means so much to every veteran -- that's hard too do,” said Jim Koutz, a past National American Legion Commander and a member of the Boonville American Legion.


And while attendance was down, with less than half of the normal two hundred members showing up due to safety concerns with Covid-19, it was still important for these veterans who have served our country, to honor their achievements.


"We fire the cannon to let everyone know it's Veterans Day,” said Kurt Pfeiffer, commander of the Elberfeld American Legion Post 351. “We're out here to celebrate the fact that men and women write up a blank check including their lives and this is the one day of the year we get to celebrate that."


One thing that is clear from talking with the veterans is that Post 351 is not just for Elberfeld members — veterans from across Warrick County and even the state came out just to watch the cannon go off.


"I've only missed two years since 1971,” said Koutz. “Earlier you seen all these school children here before they go to school -- so Veterans Day means a lot over here."


"We have members from World War II -- up until the current conflicts going on right now,” Pfeiffer said. “They're all out here. Men and women of all ages bring their children out here. It's just a fun day for everyone."

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