STELLA — Four veterans were honored Saturday morning, during the eighth annual Stellabration held in the Village of Stella.

STELLA — Four veterans were honored Saturday morning, during the eighth annual Stellabration held in the Village of Stella.

The veterans were Tommy Thomson, James Miles, James Thomas Wilson and Glen Pogue. Thomson, Miles and Wilson all served in the U.S. Navy, while Pogue — who recently passed away — had served in the U.S. Army. All of the veterans served either in World War II or Korean War.

“Rep. Bill Lant and I are honored to be able to be here today to present four resolutions from the House of Representatives for four true American heroes,” Rep. Charlie Davis (of the 162nd district) said. “This is the greatest honor that we have as representatives to honor an individual in our state.

One by one, Davis presented the resolutions to each of the veterans who were sat down near the podium.

Davis also read a part of the resolution to the veterans.

“To paraphrase Gen. George S. Patton, Jr., ‘it is a proud privilege to be a soldier, a good soldier, with discipline, self respect, pride in his unit and in his country, a high sense of duty and obligation to comrades and to his superiors and a self confidence born of demonstrated ability,’” said Davis. “Thank you for you duty to our country and your service. And it because of your hard work and your diligence, we enjoy the freedom that we have today.”

Bill Beckett, chairman of the Stella Veterans Committee, also held up a quilt. Each of the veterans who were presented with the resolutions, were also given a quilt with the armed service they served in.

“Each day when you see a veteran, shake their hand and tell them ‘thank you for their service,’ they gave a lot for us,” said Beckett.

Along with the program, the Neosho High School AFJROTC presented their POW/MIA program. The morning ceremony also consisted of the raising of the American flag, playing of taps and a 21-gun salute. At 1 p.m., parade participants made their way down Ozark Street, as spectators watched.