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Towns lead Memorial Day observances

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Mecklenburg celebrated the Memorial Day holiday with remembrances of fallen heroes in Chase City, Clarksville and South Hill. Clarksville, the posting of the colors was conducted by USMC Detachment 1085 as a large crowd gathered at the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial. Below, members of the American Legion Post 43 in Chase City give a 21-gun salute for their military brethren. / May 28, 2014
Chase City’s Hester Bryant American Legion Post 43 honored the 122 local soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country at a memorial ceremony Sunday morning at woodland Cemetery.

The keynote address was delivered by Chase City’s Ret. Brig. General Robert L. Tucker, and a round of patriotic songs were performed by Ken Vaiden. Emceeing the program was Carlton Gurley.

On Monday, Clarksville marked Memorial Day by laying of the service wreaths at the Mecklenburg County Veterans Memorial. Dean Schwartz, a former member of Bravo Company, 276th Engineer Battalion who was wounded in battle in Iraq, asked those in attendance in Clarksville to step away from the cookouts and celebrations and remember the brave men and women who sacrificed their lives for us.

In South Hill, Park View Middle School principal James Spence, an ROTC and National Guard member, quoted a poem from Connie Moore titled “Red, White, And Blue” that spoke of the fallen soldier who gave his all for us to have the freedoms that we have today.

Originally known as Decoration Day, Memorial Day started as an event to honor Union soldiers, who had died during the American Civil War. After World War I, it was extended to include all men and women, who died in any war or military action.

The current name, Memorial Day, came into use after World War II. Since 1971, Memorial Day has been officially observed on the last Monday in May.

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