May 26, 2005

V.F.W. Post To Host 59th Annual Memorial Day Service

For more than half a century the Scotland County Courthouse lawn has served as the gathering spot for area residents that come together on the last Monday in May to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen soldiers.

The Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post # 4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will lead the citizens of Scotland County in remembering our veterans in the 59th Annual Memorial Day Services. The ceremony will be held Monday, May 30th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

As the event program states, “On this Memorial Day, let us remember the brave American Veterans who carried the torch of liberty in wars and conflicts all around the world. Their bravery, sacrifice, courage and selfless patriotism defends not only our American way of life but brought democracy, freedom and liberty to millions of people in nations near and far.”

Post Commander Donnie Middleton encourages all veterans to attend, noting those that cannot march in the parade will still be recognized during the ceremony.

Marchers are asked to assemble at the V.F.W. Post at 9:00 a.m.

Middleton will open the ceremony along with program chairman Bill Camp. Charles Harris will lead the gathering in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Brother Jack Sumption will provide the invocation.

James Parker will sing “Sleep Soldier Boy” with the piano accompaniment of Connie Courtney

The officers of the V.F.W. will place a wreath at the veteran’s memorial at the courthouse. Patriotic musical selections will be performed by the Memphis Community Players, who will also perform the Star Spangled Banner.

Judge Gary Dial will introduce the speaker for the event, Fred Clapp of Memphis.

After Rev. David Hartsfield gives the benediction the V.F.W. members will present the firing squad and a 21-gun salute. Brian Dial will play Taps with Melinda Briggs 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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