By Annabelle Knef
O’FALLON – A World War I veteran from the O’Fallon area was honored in a special flag raising ceremony on Saturday by the O’Fallon Woman’s Club, Girl Scout Troop 547 and O’Fallon residents who gathered at the corner of Lincoln and East First Street to pay their respects to Henry P. Love.
Love, who was originally from Ridge Prairie, which is now western O’Fallon, served as a private in the United States Army. He was mortally wounded by machine gun fire while in action on the front lines at Marcheville, France.
His biographical sketch, read by Alia Barcus at the memorial observance, in part stated: “At the time, he was the youngest O’Fallonite and only member of St. Clare’s Catholic Church to have given his life for his country. He was just over 20 years old.”
The next flag ceremony will take place on Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. to honor the service of Private Arthur S. Meyer, a World War I veteran.