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Memorial Day service observed in Halifax

SoVaNow.com / May 30, 2013
A Memorial Day tribute to fallen heroes brought a large crowd out to Halifax on Monday morning.

The service took place at the Halifax War Memorial, which bears the names of some 730 Halifax County natives who gave their lives in service to their country. To honor their memory, members of 12 organizations laid wreaths at the edifice.

Col. Donald G. Wilson, pastor of Nelson Baptist Church, shared memories with the crowd of his service as a chaplain in Vietnam in 1969-1970.

Wilson, who grew up on a Buffalo Junction farm, was introduced by Dr. Gerald Burnett of Camp 581, Sons of Confederate Veterans (SCV). Citing 2013 and 2014 as crucial years, the speaker looked to what the future may bring to the nation.

Special music was provided by a local trio of Ricky Gordon, Daniel Lloyd and Clyde Lloyd who asked that the crowd join with them in singing “God Bless America.”

Rev. Doug Bowen of the South Boston Church of Christ brought the invocation, and Mr. Allen Anderson sang the National Anthem after which Mr. Bill Crews, Commander of the SCV, welcomed the crowd and introduced various organizations and special guests.

Members of the Halifax County JROTC posted the colors for the event and the American Legion Post 8 Honor Guard presented the 21 rifle salute and taps at the end of the service.

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