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BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- More than 200 people turned out to honor Morgan County veterans on Wednesday at the American Legion Post 60 on U.S. 522.Â
Shelly Champion, Berkeley Springs resident and gospel singer, performed Lee Greenwood's "God Bless the USA" and received a standing ovation.Â
"When I sing, I sing because I mean it," she said after the ceremony. "I cannot describe the feeling of today. Many members of my family have served or are serving. Veterans Day brings a special bond," she said.Â
Champion said her daughter is in the U.S. Navy and her son is serving in the West Virginia Air National Guard. Her husband, Tim Blankenship, has served 29 years with the Air National Guard.
American Legion Commander James Proffitt served in Korea with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division. He enlisted in 1949 at age 16, he said, with the permission of his grandmother. He was wounded three times and still carries shrapnel from those wounds.Â