The ceremony will be led by Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) John Marsh and the Ashe County High School JROTC in conjunction with local veteran’s organizations. The ceremony includes an address by LTC Marsh and placing of a wreath at the memorial.
Following the ceremony, the winner of a special handcrafted violin made by local resident Charles Wine, will be announced. Proceeds from a raffle of the violin go to the Ashe County Armed Forces Tribute, an annual program by the Jeffersons Rotary Club to honor the men and women currently serving in the military and all those who have served.
A resident of the Ashe Lake community, Wine builds violins, but also repairs other stringed instruments. He is planning to open a shop, the Alice Music Company, to repair instruments people want to sell. He will buy the instrument, repair it, and resell it.
The violin Wine has donated to the Ashe County Armed Forces Tribute fundraiser is the sixth one he’s made. It took him a couple of years to construct in his spare time. Wine said that the distance of the strings is deliberately not set up and the violin has not been notched because violinists have different size hands and like their own setup. He will do the setup and attach a label for the winner of the raffle.
With the violin is a silver-mounted bow circa 1890-1910 plus some rosin, the case and strap.
Tickets for the raffle are $2 each or three for $5. You can find tickets at the Ashe County Chamber of Commerce and Bluemoon Guitars and Music in West Jefferson, at Scott Harris Guitar Repair in Jefferson, contact any member of the Jeffersons Rotary Club or local veteran’s organizations, or call 977-1427. Donations are also appreciated. Write to Jeffersons Rotary Club Foundation, P.O. Box 1045, Jefferson, NC, 28640.
Appreciation is given to Sandy Shatley at Carolina Printing for securing the donation of this magnificent violin and printing the raffle tickets.
The Ashe County Armed Forces Tribute is a non-partisan, non-political event to show the troops and veterans that the not-so-silent majority of Ashe County, North Carolina supports and appreciates them. Learn more at www.ashecountyarmedforces.org.