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A Coitsville Memorial Day service offered a different twist from many of the other services held on Monday.
Members of VFW Post 6488 and others gathered Monday afternoon for their annual observance. But this year, the ceremony honored the many of the women who served their country, whether by taking their husbands’ places in local factories, volunteering with service organizations like the Red Cross or by becoming widows when their spouses made the ultimate sacrifice.
“I feel honored that they could honor us because of him. Because if it wasn’t for these people, the guys who went over there, we couldn’t be here today,” said Jessie Copeland, whose husband served during the Korean War.
Organizers also recognized the career of Marine Corps veteran Robert Bush, who is now director of the Mahoning County Department of Job and Family Services. Bush served in Vietnam.