May 22, 2003

VFW To Host 57th Annual Memorial Day Services

Flags are waving, yellow ribbons adorn windows and trees as our nation shows its patriotism. On Monday, May 26th the people of the United States will join together to remember those service men and women that made the ultimate sacrifice as Memorial Day is commemorated.

The Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post 4958 will hold its 57th 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 along with program chairman James Clair. Charles Harris will lead the gathering in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Carol Blackwell, pastor of the United Methodist Church 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 Karl DeMarce will introduce the speaker for the event, presiding judge of the First Judicial Circuit, Gary Dial.

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

After Pastor Charles Hammack gives the benediction the V.F.W. members will present the firing squad. Brian Dial will play TAPS with Michael Fulk 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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