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  • Writer's pictureJoe Lyons

Ashland County Sheriff's Office Honors Forgotten Veteran Family with Special Ceremony

Sheriff E. Wayne Risner ensures no veteran is left behind, rectifies oversight in funeral service of US Army veteran Jack D Bailey


In a touching display of respect and solidarity, the Ashland County Sheriff's Office, Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, rallied together to rectify an oversight in the funeral service of US Army veteran Jack D Bailey, who passed away in November 2023.


The emotional moment unfolded as the family of Jack D Bailey, accompanied by Sheriff Risner, entered the Sheriff's Office, unsure of the purpose of their visit. Inside, they were met with a group of deputies, themselves veterans, standing in solidarity with the Sheriff, conveying a powerful message: "No one is left behind."


It was revealed that Jack D Bailey's funeral lacked the customary veteran services and recognition befitting his honorable service to the nation. Upon learning of this oversight, Sheriff Risner took it upon himself to ensure that Bailey's service was duly honored.


In a touching gesture, Sheriff Risner reached out to Patricia Ramsey, Jack D Bailey's sister, inviting her to the Sheriff's Office without divulging the purpose of the meeting. Unbeknownst to her, Sheriff Risner had arranged for the Ashland Honor Guard to participate in a special ceremony to honor her brother's memory.


With a flag encased in a wooden frame, the Ashland Honor Guard, represented by Dave Harry and Roger Shopbell, solemnly presented the flag to Patricia Ramsey. In a moment filled with emotion, Dave Harry conveyed the gratitude of the nation, stating, "On behalf of the President of the United States, the United States Army, and a grateful Nation, please accept this flag as a symbol of our appreciation for your loved one's honorable and faithful service."


Touched by the gesture, Patricia Ramsey expressed her heartfelt thanks, struggling to contain her emotions as tears welled up in her eyes.


Sheriff E. Wayne Risner, reflecting on the ceremony, emphasized the importance of recognizing and honoring the service of every veteran. He recounted Patricia's concern for her brother's lack of recognition and pledged to rectify the oversight. Through coordination with the Ashland Honor Guard, Sheriff Risner ensured that Jack D Bailey received the honor and respect he deserved.


In closing, Sheriff Risner extended his gratitude to the local Honor Guard for their participation in the ceremony, reaffirming the commitment to the principle that in the military, no one is left behind.


The ceremony not only honored the memory of Jack D Bailey but also served as a testament to the unwavering dedication of the Ashland County Sheriff's Office to honor and recognize the service of all veterans, ensuring that their sacrifices are never forgotten.


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