May 23, 2002

VFW To Host 56th Annual Memorial Day Services

Patriotism is alive and well in America as pride swells in our country and its service men and women. On Monday, May 27, Americans will pause to remember the roots of our nation, those who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of our country.

The Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post 4958 will hold its 56th Annual Memorial Day Services on the Scotland County Courthouse Lawn in Memphis beginning at 10:00 a.m.

As the event program states, Memorial Day allows us to say "to all our nation's veterans and particularly those still enduring the pain of battle wounds, we say thank you, on behalf of a grateful nation."

V.F.W. Post Commander Bill Camp will open the ceremony. Charles Harris will lead the gathering in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance Rev. Bob Payne of the Scotland County Larger Parish will provide the invocation.

The Scotland County R-I Band under the direction of Chris Yarbrough will perform a musical selection prior to officers of the V.F.W. placing a wreath at the veteran's memorial at the courthouse. Additional patriotic musical selections will be performed by the Memphis Community Players prior to the SCR-I band performance of the Star Spangled Banner.

Judge Gary Dial will introduce the speaker for the event, First District State Representative Sam Berkowitz.

James Parker will sing "Sleep Soldier Boy" with Connie Courtney accompanying on the piano.

After Rev. Charles Hammack gives the benediction the V.F.W. members will present the firing squad. Justin Keesey will play TAPS with C.J. Brose providing the Echo.

If weather prevents the holding of the outdoor service, the ceremony will be moved to the V.F.W. post home.

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