In the 20th year of the week-long Camp C.O.P.S. — Courage to be Outstanding with Pride and Self-Confidence — around 100 campers spent the week learning skills and teamwork and what its like for members of the law enforcement profession.
Plitt, who recently turned 92 years old, joined the Army at 17 and served in the 3rd U.S. Army under Gen. George S. Patton. Plitt’s military career took him overseas to France, Germany and Czechoslovakia during the war.
At just 18, Plitt was awarded the prestigious Bronze Star Medal. It is awarded to members of the Armed Forces who have distinguished themselves by heroic or meritorious achievement or service, not involving the participation of aerial flight.
Plitt agreed to participate in the flagpole dedication but under one condition: That not only he, but all veterans of WWII be honored.
So the Wheatleys did just that and invited all veterans to witness the special celebration.
“I tell everybody, ‘These are my heroes,’ ” Charles Wheatley said. “Not just the veterans, but all the people that work with them.”
From the pledge to the flag, the introduction of veteran honorees and the reciting of “The American’s Creed” by William Tyler Page, the hour-long ceremony rang a patriotic tone.
Plitt was presented with a plaque, and he kept his remarks brief when helped to the microphone, offering four simple words.
“Everybody is a hero,” he said.
The humble phrase resonated with those in attendance.
Charles Wheatley said the flagpole dedication was the first of many. It will act as an entranceway to what he wants to call the “Highway of Heroes.” The family plans to honor more veterans from the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and so on.