Taps: Honoring their memory


The 75 veterans Union County lost this year

By Charles Warner - cwarner@uniondailytimes.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The Veterans Memorial on Main Street in downtown Union honors the memory the Union County men who were killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The Union County Veterans Day Program is held there each year and the program always features a performance of "Taps" at the memorial. The playing of the song honors both the memories of Union County's dead from those wars and the memories of the veterans who died during the past year.


UNION COUNTY — Of the many traditions of the Union County Veterans Day Program none are more poignant than the playing of “Taps” in memory of those veterans who are no longer with us.

As it has for years, Friday’s Union County Veterans Day Program will proceed down Main Street in downtown Union, beginning at the Union County Courthouse and ending at the Veterans Memorial where the ceremony itself will take place. The program always includes patriotic music; the raising of the flags of the Armed Forces of the United States of America; an opening invocation; recognition of the Gold Star Mothers, women whose children have died in military service; recognition of the Blue Star Families, those families who have a loved one serving in the armed forces; recognition of veterans and veterans service organizations; the placing of a wreath at the Veterans Memorial; and a 21 gun salute.

This year’s program will also include a special segment recognizing and honoring the county’s oldest living World War II veterans.

The program always closes with a prayer, but before that prayer is offered, Taps is played in memory of those veterans who have died. It is appropriate that the song is played at the Veterans Memorial which lists the names of those sons of Union County who lost their lives in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. It is appropriate as it honors their memory, the memory of lives cut short in defense of America and the freedoms it embodies.

It is not only in memory of those names listed on those monuments, however, that Taps is played. It is also played in memory of those veterans have died during the year between this Veterans Day and the last. It honors those who, having served their country in its armed forces, whether in time of war and/or in peacetime, returned to civilian life and raised families, worked in and contributed to their communities, and, as long they were physically able to do so, stood ready to return to military service should their country have need of them again.

Now, they, like the young men whose names are on the Veterans Memorial, their brothers in arms who did not have the chance to return to civilian life, they too are now at rest. Let us honor their memory, not only on Veterans Day, but throughout the year by living lives that show that we appreciate the sacrifices they made on behalf of this great nation and the freedom we as Americans enjoy.

Below are the names of the 75 veterans who left us over the past year, the branches of the military they served in, and the day they joined their brothers and sisters in arms in eternal rest.

Taps

• Carol Keisler Coffer — US Navy — 11/12/2016

• Lewis Dempsey Watts, Jr. — US Army — 11/28/2016

• Lyndon James Pride — US Army — 12/9/2016

• John Patrick Slaughter — US Army — 12/13/2016

• Alvin L. Young — USAF/SCARNG — 12/22/2016

• James C. Spears — US Army — 12/29/2016

• Jimmy D. Williams — US Navy — 1/9/2017

• Charles B. Medford, Jr. — US Army — 1/9/2017

• Wilson Robinson — US Army — 1/11/2017

• Bobby R. Bright — US Army — 1/12/2017

• Harold Dean Youngblood — US Army — 1/13/2017

• Ruth D. Johnson — WAC-US Army — 1/13/2017

• Harol D. Watson — USAF — 1/22/2017

• Reuben Lindsey Bishop — US Navy — 1/23/2017

• William Martin Lindler — US Navy — 1/23/2017

• Charles Marvin “Chuck” Bettis, Jr. — US Navy — 2/1/2017

• Brian Keith Wells — US Army — 2/6/2017

• James Gist, Sr. — US Army — 2/5/2017

• Walter L. Arthur — US Army — 2/10/2017

• David A. McCloud — US Army — 2/13/2017

• Darrell Gray — US Army — 2/19/2017

• Paul O. Lawson — USAF — 2/25/2017

• Paul Thomas Bell — US Army — 3/1/2017

• Bruce R. Morris — SCARNG — 3/4/2017

• Bobby Joe Melton — USAF — 3/8/2017

• Mack W. Oliver, Jr. — SCARNG — 3/10/2017

• Lonnie C. “LC” Johnson — US Army — 3/11/2017

• James Donald “Puddle Duck” Gregory — US Army — 3/14/2017

• William Carroll Weeks — US Army — 3/19/2017

• Keith Darnell Robinson — US Army — 3/19/2017

• Donald Jenkins — US Navy — 3/19/2017

• Stanley Rice — US Army — 3/20/2017

• Michael Ray Bradburn — US Army — 3/26/2017

• Billy Thompson — SCARNG — 3/28/2017

• David “Lynn” Wilson — US Army — 3/30/2017

• Willie Rodgers, Jr. — US Army — 4/4/2017

• James F. “Freddie” Barfield — US Army — 4/6/2017

• Carl Wix — US Army — 4/8/2017

• Jesse Norman, Jr. — US Army — 4/13/2017

• H. Maxie Murphy — US Army — 4/14/2017

• Billy Dean Gibson — US Navy/SCARNG — 4/19/2017

• Willis Glenn — US Navy — 4/21/2017

• Charles Vernon Davis — SCARNG — 4/24/2017

• Stanley R. Alexander — SCARNG — 4/25/2017

• Ben Bishop Alverson — US Navy — 5/2/2017

• Lloyd McLendon Sutherland — SCARNG — 5/9/2017

• Lewis L. Clayton — US Navy — 5/16/2017

• Thomas Clyde “TC” White, Jr. — US Navy — 5/18/2017

• Edward Gerald Burwell — US Army — 5/28/2017

• Alvin Theodore Gillian — SCARNG — 6/1/2017

• Alfred Emmanuel Smith — US Army/SCARNG — 6/3/2017

• Howard Eugene Goins — US Army — 6/4/2017

• Paul R. White, Sr. — SCARNG — 6/10/2017

• James M. Arthur, Jr. — SCARNG — 6/18/2017

• William T. Howell, Sr. — US Army — 6/22/2017

• Ricky Goodwin Wilson — SCARNG — 6/22/2017

• John David Canupp — US Army — 6/26/2017

• Oliver Clay “O.C.” Brown — US Navy — 8/1/2017

• Melvin E. “Buck” Lancaster — US Army — 8/1/2017

• Roy Sidney “Sid” Young, Jr. — 8/1/2017

• Mattie L. Glenn — US Army — 8/4/2017

• Leroy Talley — US Army — 8/5/2017

• Carey M. McKinney, Jr. — US Navy — 8/7/2017

• Elbert Woodrow Sims — SCARNG — 8/17/2017

• Doyle “Dale” Coile — US Army — 8/19/2017

• Larry E. Coker — USMC — 8/23/2017

• Harold Lee Riley — US Army Reserve — 8/24/2017

• Jack W. Caldwell — USA/USAF — 9/5/2017

• Tommie Ray Thomas — US Navy — 9/9/2017

• Dr. John James Cody, Jr. — US Navy — 9/19/2017

• Willard Robert Jackson — US Navy — 10/27/2017

• Jimmy L. Moss — SCARNG — 10/28/2017

• Rodger E. Bishop — US Air Force — 10/29/2017

• Kenneth Roark — US Army — 11/2/2017

• Ellis E. Langley — US Navy — 11/3/2017

Charles Warner | The Union Times
The Veterans Memorial on Main Street in downtown Union honors the memory the Union County men who were killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The Union County Veterans Day Program is held there each year and the program always features a performance of "Taps" at the memorial. The playing of the song honors both the memories of Union County’s dead from those wars and the memories of the veterans who died during the past year.
http://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/web1_IMG_2129.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times
The Veterans Memorial on Main Street in downtown Union honors the memory the Union County men who were killed in World War I, World War II, the Korean Conflict, and the Vietnam War. The Union County Veterans Day Program is held there each year and the program always features a performance of "Taps" at the memorial. The playing of the song honors both the memories of Union County’s dead from those wars and the memories of the veterans who died during the past year.
The 75 veterans Union County lost this year

By Charles Warner

cwarner@uniondailytimes.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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