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County remembers fallen service members

County remembers fallen service members

By BRAD GASKINS
News Editor
DRESDEN — A special hour-long Memorial Day Service was held Monday at 11 a.m. at the Weakley County Courthouse.
The annual event honors service members from Weakley County who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
Jim Phelps served as the special guest speaker, and Roberto Mancusi provide two special songs during the event.
“Every year at this time we assemble to memorialize our fallen,” Phelps said. “But you know, every day is a good day to remember all veterans who have passed.”
Phelps said one way to honor the fallen is to visit their grave sites and leave a penny on the headstone, a tradition he said dates back to the Roman empire and lets families know that their loved one and his or her sacrifice is not forgotten.
The laying of the wreath was performed by Odie Leggins and Terry Casteel, both of American Legion No. 55.
The names of all those from the county who died in service were read aloud.
Led Symmes read the names from World War II. Randal Walker and Johnny Sams read the names from World War II. S.T. Holmes read the names from Korea, Vietnam and Iraq.
Sonny Todd released doves in honor of the fallen service members.
Ron Cheatham welcomed the guests to the event, and George Crawford provided the invocation.
The benediction was led by Lary Clark of West Union Baptist Church.

(Published in The Press on 5/28/2013)

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