May 25, 2006

V.F.W. Post To Host 60th Annual Memorial Day Service

Sixty years of marriage warrants the “diamond” anniversary. When the community gathers on the lawn of the Scotland County Courthouse on Monday morning, even the most precious stones won’t be enough to show the respect earned by the guests of honor the past 60 years. The 60th Annual Memorial Day Services hosted by the Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars will allow spectators to pay tribute to our nation’s fallen soldiers.

The ceremony will be held Monday, May 19th beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Post Commander Donnie Middleton will open the ceremony along with program chairman James Parker. Charles Harris will lead the gathering in the recital of the Pledge of Allegiance. Brother Larry Smith will provide the invocation.

The traditional placing of the wreath at the Soldiers’ Memorial will be guided by Clark Mustoe. He, along with Harry Laird, performed the services, presenting the initial wreath back in 1947 at the community’s first service.

The Scotland County R-I Band will perform the National Anthem prior to the introduction of the featured speaker by Judge Gary Dial.

Sgt. Major James J. Heinzler, who retired after 42 years of service to the United States Army National Guard, will be the event’s keynote speaker.

The patriotic music theme will continue with James Parker singing “Sleep Soldier Boy” with the piano accompaniment of Connie Courtney

After Brother Jim Manak gives the benediction, the V.F.W. members will present the firing squad and a 21-gun salute before the service closes with Taps.

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

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