The Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post 4958 Veterans of Foreign Wars will hold the 69th annual Memorial Day Services on Monday, May 25, 2015. The morning’s events will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the Memphis Courthouse lawn.
Post Commander Larry Curry will welcome the guests prior to the traditional placing of the memorial wreath and the Pledge of Allegiance led by Donnie Middleton.
Jack Sumption, pastor of the Christian Church, will offer the invocation prior to the performance of the National Anthem by the Scotland County R-I Band. The Memphis Community Players will provide patriotic musical selections for the crowd’s entertainment.
First Judicial Circuit Judge Gary Dial will have the honor of introducing Charles (Chick) Downing, the featured speaker of the day.
The Memorial Day Services will close with a rendition of “Sleep Soldier Boy” sang by Jamie Parker with pianist, Connie Courtney. Sumption will offer the benediction and the VFW members will present a 21-gun salute while TAPS is played by Melinda Briggs.
Event organizers remind the community that in case of inclement weather, the services will be moved indoors to the VFW post.