MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- Ninety years after the formal end to World War I -- the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 -- the sacrifice by all of America's veterans was honored Tuesday morning in Martinsburg at a wreath-laying ceremony at the community's "doughboy memorial."
"... In just over one year, (we) suffered over 50,000 combat deaths and over 200,000 wounded" in World War I, former U.S. Rep. David O'Brien Martin, D-N.Y., recounted for a crowd of more than 50 people who withstood temperatures in the 30s to attend the observance in the 300 block of West King Street.
Of those who returned alive from WWI, many were poisoned by gas warfare "and never would breathe a comfortable breath again," said Martin, who moved to Berkeley County in 2006.
"I'm old enough to have known many of (them)," said Martin, 64, who went on to note the service of those in the Revolutionary War, American Civil War and subsequent conflicts up to the present global war on terror.