Clarke County’s Memorial Day Service will be at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 28th in Rose Hill Park, Berryville. The theme of the program this year will be “Diversity in Sacrifice, Unity in Remembrance”.
The featured speaker this year will be Major General Jerry R. Curry, U.S. Army (Retired). General Curry has had several careers. After graduating from high school he went to work as an arc welder in the Pittsburg Steel Foundry then, enlisted in the US Army as a private during the Korean War. This led to a 34 year military career during which he worked his way up through the ranks of the infantry retiring as a Major General. He is a decorated combat veteran, Army aviator, paratrooper and ranger, who has served his country both in the military and as a Presidential political appointee for nearly forty years. He has many honors and decorations and a strong background in federal regulatory matters, foreign affairs, national defense concerns, corporate planning and automotive safety.
The Clarke County High School Band and Choir will provide prelude and postlude selections and the National Anthem.
In case of inclement weather, the Memorial Day Service will be held in Berryville’s Barns of Rose Hill, a cultural and civic center adjacent to Rose Hill Park.
The sponsoring organizations, VFW Post 9760 and American Legion Post 41, invite all attendees to join them at the VFW Pavilion at 425 South Buckmarsh Street in Berryville for a picnic menu of food and beverages following the ceremony at approximately 3:30 PM.
On Saturday, May 27th, U.S. flags will be placed on the graves of veterans buried in Clarke County cemeteries. Volunteers are needed to assist with the placement of flags at Green Hill Cemetery. If you would like to help, meet at the cemetery flag pole at 9:00 a.m. Flags will also be provided to the other cemeteries in Clarke County. The U.S. flags are provided by American Legion Post 41 and VFW Post 9760.