2009-05-27 / Front Page

Memorial Day is Special

by Terry Toole

Commander George tells what Memorial Day is about. Commander George tells what Memorial Day is about. It was a special day, Monday, May 25, as members of American Legion Post #165 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #6046 gathered at the northeast corner of the square in recognition of Memorial Day.

Although many of the merchants and government offices were closed, and gone, a good number of citizens were on hand to remember those who had served in our Armed Forces and to honor the memory of those who gave their all for our freedom and protection against our enemies.

American Legion Commander Amos George welcomed the crowd to the services and gave a history of Memorial Day. He told that President Abraham Lincoln pondered the thought that in the late fall of 1863. His darkest fear was that he may be the last president of the United States, a nation embroiled in the self-destruction of what he described as "a great civil war..test whether that nation, or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure." He began his remarks with those words as he stood on the battlefield near Gettysburg, Pennsylvania on November 19, 1863.

Mr. and Mrs. East placed wreath on monument. Mr. and Mrs. East placed wreath on monument. The first Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by order of General John Alexander Logan. It really started when organized women's groups in the South were decorating graves before the end of the Civil War.

American Legion Chaplain Glen Sheffield gave the invocation. Cohen McKenzie led in The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag as Ronald Brownlee raised the flag from half mast to full mast. This was followed by the playing of the National Anthem.

Commander George then gave a special tribute to the different armed services and those who have fought and died for our freedoms that we enjoy today. He started by saying, "This day is sacred with the almost visible presence of those who have gone before us. We honor the memory of those who gave their lives in the service of their country, and of those others who have dropped their burdens by the wayside

of life, and are gone to their eternal rest. May the ceremonies of today deepen your reverence for our departed friends and comrades. Let us renew our pledge of loyalty to our country and its flag. Let us resolve by word and deed to emphasize the privilege and duty of patriotism."

Mr. Brownlee raises the flag. Mr. Brownlee raises the flag. The Memorial Day wreath was placed above the Veteran's Monument by Jim and Sandra East. Mr. East will be the new commander of the American Legion beginning in July.

After a moment of silence, Ben Johnson read all of the Miller County people killed in action from World War I, World War II, The Korean War, Vietnam War, Desert Storm, Afghanistan War and the Iraqi War. He stated that there was not enough time to read all of those Miller County people killed in the Civil War. He then played a moving recorded rendition of "Taps."

The benediction was given by Glen Sheffield, Chaplain.

Commander George thanked everyone for attending the annual Memorial Day service.

Ben Johnson reads the names of those from Miller Co. who gave their all. Ben Johnson reads the names of those from Miller Co. who gave their all.

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