Memorial Day parade and ceremony

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Lewis County’s military who died while defending our freedom were honored Monday, May 30, during the annual Memorial Day ceremony held on the lawn of the Lewis County Courthouse. Approximately 150 citizens, family and friends arrived to show their support.

Mike McClain called out the military branches as the colors were posted. American Legion Commander Larry Tatum led the day’s ceremony. Cynthia Miller laid a wreath at the base of the monument honoring Lewis County’s military who died while serving. Chaplain Eddie Holt offered a prayer. Gene Durham played guitar and sang a song.

Jack Turner was called to read the names of those who sacrificed all while Wayne Brewer rang a bell after each name. Tyler Baker played TAPS followed by Barbara Hinson leading the group in singing the National Anthem.

Edd Sharp then recited his poem “Echoes from a soldier’s grave.”

American Legion Adjutant Tommy Carroll encouraged those not members of the Legion to join as their ranks are depleting with time and age of veterans from WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam.

One veteran noted at the end of the observance the lack of community support along the parade route for the sacrifice given by military service men and women.

More pictures on page A-3

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