UNION — Patriotic music and songs, prayers, a guest speaker, and the placing of a wreath and the lowering of Old Glory to half-staff in honor of the war dead of Union County will all be part of American Legion Post 22’s Memorial Day Ceremony.
Monday, May 29, is Memorial Day, the federal holiday set aside for honoring the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
In Union County on each Memorial Day, American Legion Post 22 holds a ceremony honoring the county’s war dead and this year will be no exception.
Post 1st Vice Commander Charles E. Lott Sr. said this year’s Memorial Day Ceremony will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and, as in years past, will feature patriotic music and songs, a guest speaker, prayers, and the placing of a wreath by veterans in memory of their fallen comrades.
What will be different this year is the location of the Memorial Day Ceremony.
Lott said that this year’s ceremony will be held at Veterans Memorial Park Lodge instead of the War Memorial on Main Street in downtown Union. He said the change is due largely to the possibility of inclement weather and the logistics invovled in holding the ceremony at the War Memorial.
Veterans Memorial Park Lodge is itself a memorial with its entrance bearing a marker that states “Dedicated to the Memory of the War Dead of Union County.” It also features a monument to the Union County residents killed in Vietnam and a monument to the “Gold Star Mothers” whose children were killed while serving their country.
Lott said the Memorial Day Ceremony will include:
• Patriotic music performed by Daniel Prince of WBCU Radio who will also sing the National Anthem.
• The lowering of the American flag to half-staff by the Union County High School JROTC Cadets.
• A commencement prayer delivered by Pastor Malachi Rodgers.
• The Pledge to the Flag of the United States of America lead by Veteran Gus Diamadurous.
• The performance of a patriotic song by Veteran Jantzen Childers.
• Lott himself will serve as Ceremonial Commander for the ceremony and will also introduce the speaker.
• The featured speaker will be Senior Army Instructor Clarence Bowser who serves as JROTC Advisor at Dorman High School.
• The placing of the wreath by Veterans Frank Hart and Oscar Gist Sr. honoring the war dead of Union County.
• Remarks and announcements presented by Lott and the guest.
• Benediction delivered by Pastor Scott Cobb
Following the ceremony, Lott said refreshments will be served inside the lodge and Pastor Jerry Keith McKee will show a video of last year’s ceremony.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.