Valdosta Daily Times

May 25, 2013

Memorial Day events planned

Kristin Finney
The Valdosta Daily Times

-- — Memorial Day is held each year on the final Monday of May, with this year’s observances on Monday, May 27. Across the country, Americans will honor fallen service men and women, and Lowndes County residents will have many activities available to them as they observe Memorial Day.

Hahira American Legion Post 218 will host its Memorial Day observance at 11 a.m. at the Hahira Courthouse. Jackie Cole, incoming Commander Elect, will be the master of ceremonies for the event.

The honored guest speaker is Air Force Wing Commander Col. Derek M. Oaks, of the 23rd Fighter Group. Following the special message from Col. Oaks will be the laying of the memorial wreath.

At the close of the ceremony, Jay Lee Oglesby of the Georgia Bridgemen will play “Taps,” and following the ceremony, attendees will be invited to dine on hot dogs and drink RC Cola at the tobacco barn behind the courthouse.

“We will be honoring our comrades that were lost during the many American wars. That’s what Memorial Day is all about. We may be one of the smaller posts in Georgia, but we stand strong for what we believe in. We would like to invite everyone to participate in the ceremony and lunch with us,” said Cole of the ceremony.

Lake Park will show its appreciation for the fallen soldiers at 9 a.m. on Memorial Day. The ceremony will be held at Lake Park Cemetery, with a dedication of the new Veteran’s Flag Pole being the highlight of the event. Master Sgt. Robert Elworthy, retired member of the U.S. Air Force, will welcome everyone to the ceremony. Opening comments will be made by Mayor Eric Schindler and the special guest speaker will be Rep. Ellis Black. Boy Scout Troop #416 will then perform the raising of the flag and the placing of the flags on all known veterans’ graves.  

Valdosta American Legion Post 13 will hold its annual placing of the flags at 8 a.m. on Sunday, May 26, and the annual Memorial Day ceremony at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 27. The service will be held at Sunset Hills Cemetery and this year’s special guest speaker will be Bill Slaughter, Chairman of the Lowndes County Commission. Other guest speakers for the event are Chief of Police Brian Childress, Sheriff Chris Prine,Mayor John Gayle, and Chief Master Sgt. John Brinkley.

“The public is invited and encouraged to please come join us as we honor our fallen veterans on this Memorial Day,” said Senior-Vice Commander of American Legion Post 13, Ed Kent.