On an overcast and rainy Sunday afternoon, Clarke County remembered those who have served and sacrificed for our country. Several hundred residents and visitors gathered on the lawn around the gazebo in Rose Hill Park for the community’s Memorial Day Service. Memorial Day is the one day out of the year for our nation to get together to remember, reflect, and honor those who have given their all in service to their country. The theme of this year’s service was “Diversity in Sacrifice, Unity in Remembrance.”
As the crowd gathered, the Clarke County High School Band, directed by Mark Curry, and the Clarke County High School Chorus, directed by Joel Shapiro, provided a prelude of patriotic music. The service began with the posting of the colors by the James Wood Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution accompanied by Byrant Condrey playing the bagpipes.
Post 41 Commander Bob Ferrebee welcomed everyone to the service and acknowledged the guests in attendance. VFW Post 9760 Commander Tom Vorisek led the audience in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. The Band and Chorus performed several appropriate songs to open the service and John Hudson sang “God Bless the USA.” Lieutenant General Jerry R. Curry, USA (Ret.), delivered the Memorial Day message. The program closed with a military salute by the Clarke County Honor Guard with Jessica Tavenner “Taps.”
After the service, everyone was invited to VFW Post 9760 for a free luncheon and fellowship time. The VFW Auxiliary prepared a delicious lunch that was enjoyed by over a hundred guests.
This is truly a community event with many individuals and organizations participating. In addition to the participants, Boy Scout Troop 34 assisted by distributing programs and water. The Bank of Clarke County and BB&T Bank provided the banners advertising the service.
A special thank you is extended to event Chairmen Tom Vorisek and Jim Wink for their efforts in organizing the program. Also, thanks to all the members of American Legion Post 41 and VFW Post 9760 who assisted with the program. This was a great service to our community.