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Dignitaries at the South Hill observance, from left: Virginia State Trooper Sgt. Pearce, Rev. Dr. Herman Lundy, Del. Tommy Wright, state Sen. Frank Ruff, American Legion District 5 Commander Jimmy Burris, South Hill Chief of Police Stuart Bowen, SHVFD Fire Chief Michael Vaughn, South Hill Mayor Dean Marion. (Steve Hinzman photo) / June 02, 2021
The Rev. Dr. Herman Lundy was guest speaker for the Memorial Day program Monday in South Hill, hosted by the American Legion Post 79. Lundy, pastor of Flat Rock Baptist Church of Lunenburg County and an Army veteran, paid tribute to the fallen on this patriotic holiday to honor American servicemen who gave their lives for our country.

Memorial Day originally honored the men who died in the Civil War but now honors all those who have died in the country’s wars. Lundy spoke of the sacrifices of those who have died in America’s wars since the Civil War but offered a special commemoration to the brave heroes who gave their lives in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, and more recent conflicts fighting on behalf of their country.

Lundy served 38 months in the U.S. Army from September 1960 until November 1963 and was stationed in several states in the U.S. but also spent two years in Augsburg, Germany.

“As we celebrate Memorial Day, let us be proud of the history of our country although we must acknowledge and apologize for the dark nights we have endured. We have experience great achievements but we have also had some negative setbacks,” said Lundy. “Our country has mastered trips and explorations to the moon and defended our jurisdiction as well as foreign territories. Yet, we have not conquered the demonic mentality of racial discrimination and financial bias: two enemies that continue to threaten our democracy, liberty and independence.

“Nevertheless, I speak boldly today against these deficiencies as well as the negative attitude of defunding the police. Such is the thinking of negative minds. I say this conceding that we do have a few bad cops. But, also, we have a few bad politicians, a few bad teachers, and a few bad preachers. However, let us not throw the baby out with the dirty bathwater. I prefer the more positive approach of fixing what is broken. We are a Christian civilization and should be spreading love everywhere rather than selecting the minority to place our knee on their necks when they are already down and out.

“So I challenge us to move forward from this day doing what we already know is right in assuring all people have the right of life, the right of liberty, and right to the pursuit of happiness. In closing I am proud to be an American and realize how blessed we are. Since we are well blessed, our task is to share our blessings with others who are living under oppression. Let us all learn to be bridge builders rather than demolition crews. And make our country better tomorrow than it is today.”

Lundy ended his speech by reminding the audience that by doing so, we can sing the words to “My Country This of Thee, Sweet Land of Liberty” with pride. In his final thoughts to the crowd, he thanked the American Legion for the opportunity and forum to be transparent and to exercise “my right to free expression and let ‘freedom ring.’”

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