Memorial Day Service honors nation’s fallen
Large crowd shows on sunny, bright morning
By CLAUD HODGES
Those who have fallen for freedom were remembered Monday morning as about 300 people came to Veterans Park in Washington for the 2008 Memorial Day Service.
Also, she asked the crowd to remember all of the members of the United States Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine who have given their lives to ensure that freedom reigns in the United States.
He asked the people at the service to think about the physical, spiritual and emotional scars that are worn by members of the military who have worked to maintain the freedom enjoyed by Americans.
He said every American individual’s freedom is won by the blood of those who have fallen in battle for the United States and the world.
Ward asked the crowd to remember the heroes who have suffered injuries in war and to realize that their sacrifice is great.
Jeremy Goodman, a Washington soldier who was injured Sept. 15, 2005, in a roadside bombing in Iraq, is one of he heroes Ward was referring to.
Ward asked the crowd to remember that freedom is not free.
All members of the branches of the United States military service at Monday’s event were recognized by the crowd with applause as they were asked to stand according to their individual branches by Donald Sayers, commander of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 48 and Auxiliary.
Also at the Memorial Day Service, the national anthem and the Battle Hymn of the Republic were harmonized by the barbershop quartet “Men n a Chord.”
The posting of the colors were made at the service by the Jr. ROTC from Washington High School and the Veterans Organization in Beaufort County.
Shirley Woolard of the Disabled American Veterans Chapter No. 48 and Auxiliary led the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. She also asked the crowd to remember those military members who were prisoners of war and those who are missing in action.
Taps were played at the Memorial Day Service by Kipp Hodnett.
Leonard Liverman, a member of the unit, rose the flag to full staff to finish the service.