Wednesday, May 28, 2014
As the Georgetown clock tower struck 10 a.m., the strains of America the Beautiful faded away and the Knights of Columbus Color Guard began the 2014 Memorial Day Ceremony marching across Francis Marion Park.
The somber and reverent atmosphere was echoed throughout the region and across the country Monday as Americans honored those who fought in wars and gave their lives for their country.
In Georgetown, American Legion Post 114 Post Adjutant Martin Alfonsi lead the ceremony. Paige Sawyer gave the Pledge of Allegiance, Paul Forbes, chaplain, VFW Post 6444, the invocation; Dillon Moore sang the Nationl Anthem and Col. Ronald Gilbert, US Army Ret. Was the speaker. Commanders Rodney Ward, Am. Legion and John Livingston, VFW laid the wreath.
As the somber notes of Taps floated over the assembled group, veterans of World War II, Korea, Vietnam and other recent conflicts stood saluting while families and communities members held their hands over their hearts…remembering.
With pomp and ceremony, Murrells Inlet veterans remembered their fallen comrades Monday with events at American Legion Post 178 and VFW Post 10420. Flying over the memorial at the American Legion post was the POW-MIA flag, vying for recognition with the American flag, as post officials prepared for the annual ceremony. Ralph Merolle, Gordon Wildrick and Jeffrey Kovite presented the colors to start the remembrance, moving to where Post Commander Donald Brown and officials saluted. Bill DeJong, assistant commander laid the POW-MIA flag on the empty chair, symbolizing the missing.
A new ceremony was added at VFW Post 10420, as members of the Combat Veterans Association honored their comrades with the Battle Cross ceremony.
Roger Davis carried the helmet of a fallen military member to the cross, where it joined the rifle and bayonet, boots and dog tags, put on the memorial by Andrew Houser, Cliff Goble and Gary Harden. Larry Hisko offers the prayer to mark the end of the ceremony.
The Battle Cross Ceremony dates to the Civil War and offered battlefield soldiers a chance to mourn and say goodbye to their comrades.
And in Andrews, the Memorial Day Observance, hosted by the Andrews American Legion Post 69, welcomed color guards, military members, veterans and first responders as they marched together into the Andrews Memorial Cemetery.
Commander Rev. Franklin Earl Rutledge, Low Country Veteran’s Group noted, “In every town and every city and village in this land, there are veterans who gave their sacrifices and their lives so that we can be free. But we must understand that freedom has a price.”