Armed forces ceremony held in memory, honor of veterans
Posted: Tuesday, June 15, 2010 9:02 pm
Wilma McIntosh, a staff member at Park Terrace, welcomed everyone and introduced Jacob Flournoy Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution regent Sallie Ferguson.
Ms. Ferguson expressed appreciation to the veterans and families for their sacrifices and also thanked the people for coming out to help honor the veterans.
The ceremony was then turned over to Lora James, chairman of the service for veterans committee for the Jacob Flournoy DAR. She introduced veterans Ken Clark (World War II), Bill Fenwick (Korean War), Ken Mathis (Vietnam) and David Glisson (Desert Storm), who participated in the U.S. flag ceremony. The veterans were joined by two children who led the Pledge of Allegiance to the United States flag.
The children who led the pledge were Halle and Remington Stewart of Fulton. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Stewart and the grandchildren of the Rev. and Mrs. Glen Stewart and Debbie Dewery, all of Mayfield, Ky., and Gary Stephens of South Fulton. The children have eight great uncles who are veterans, as well as their grandfather, the Rev. Stewart. They are also descendants of three Revolutionary War soldiers, as well as a signer of the U.S. Constitution.
After the Pledge of Allegiance, the band, Memory Makers, played the national anthem. Band members include Charles Pounds of Martin and Bill Gwaltney of Union City (World War II); Lamon Kilzer of Bradford and E.J. Eaton of Martin (Korean War); Charles Wade Andrews and Gordon Jones, both of South Fulton; and Ronald McManis and Frank H. Waller, both of Mayfield.At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mrs. James read the names of the three veterans, as well as the names of the 11 widows, living at the assisted facility.
The three veterans — Sam Holly, Charles Browder and Harry Simmons (all World War II) — were presented gift bags, as well as desk-size American flags, by Lucy Andrews, a member of Jacob Flournoy DAR.
The 11 widows — Ila Mae Jacobs, Pansy Cusac, Helen Woof, Vionne Drury, Ruth Crider, Mildred Cloys, Ruth Milliken, Martha Mahan and Marguerite Beaman — were presented long-stemmed red roses.
The project was sponsored by Mrs. James on behalf of the Jacob Flournoy DAR as a veteran project.
Andrews then played taps in memory of the late veterans.
Other veterans present were, from World War II, James Legate, who was a prisoner of war, and Frank Moore; and from the Vietnam War, Hal Klein and Don Robertson.
Memory Makers then played a melody of patriotic songs and the South Fulton Baptist Church children’s choir sang. The choir’s director is Pam Baker.
Memory Makers played “Under the Double Eagle” as the children and DAR members released red, white and blue balloons.
Everyone was treated to homemade cookies and lemonade. There was a total of 14 veterans present, with seven from World War II. Published in the Press 6-15-10