World War II veterans honored


Fallen Soldier Remembrance Ceremony held

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times World War II veterans were the guests of honor at Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony. The veterans were honored collectively as parade marshal and Veteran of the Year. They were also presented with certificates and patches honoring their World War II service.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This is a memorial to those who gave their lives defending America and the freedom of their fellow Americans. It was assembled as part of the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Ceremony.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The members of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team pose with the memorial they assembled during the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday morning. The ceremony was part of the Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony that honored Union County’s veterans.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The Union County High School JROTC was among the groups that participated in Wednesday's Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The children in Mrs. Howell’s first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School have their American flags ready to wave during Wednesday morning’s Veterans Day Parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Antique cars like this one were part of Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times “The Sting Machine,” the Union County High School Marching Band, did its part to honor Union County’s veterans during the Veterans Day Parade Wednesday morning.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the students in Candi Osborne’s first grade class at Monarch Elementary School hold up signs honoring Union County’s veterans. The children make the signs Wednesday morning prior to the Veterans Day Parade.


Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the staff of the Union County School District Office watch and wave as the Veterans Day Parade passes the district office on Main Street in downtown Union Wednesday morning. They were among the many people to line the street to honor Union County’s veterans.


Charles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times The Sting Machine Flag Line performed during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union. MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 12


By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

UNION — Seventy years after they helped America win one of its greatest wars against tyranny, Union County’s World War II veterans were recognized for their service during this year’s Veterans Day celebration.

On Sept. 2, 1945, the Empire of Japan formally surrendered to the United States of America and its allies, bringing an end to World War II. The war had grown out of wars in Europe and East Asia, wars that, by the end of 1941, had seen the Axis powers of Japan, Germany and Italy conquer vast empires in a seemingly unstoppable march to global domination.

Then, on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese attacked the American naval base at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, bringing America into the conflict. America’s entry transformed the wars in Europe and East Asia into a truly global conflict as the United States, alone among the nations it would ally itself with, possessed the manpower, industrial base and resources to wage war in both Europe and the Pacific. America’s entry into the war would soon turn the tide against the Axis which, less than four years after Pearl Harbor, had been utterly crushed.

Among the millions of Americans who helped win that overwhelming victory were residents of Union County who served both at home and abroad during the conflict, in all theaters of the war, some of them never to see their homes again.

Seventy years after the end of the war, the World War II veterans of Union County were honored Wednesday during the Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony on Main Street in downtown Union. This year’s celebration was unique in that instead of having individual veterans serve as parade marshal and Veteran of the Year, those honors were bestowed on the county’s World War II veterans collectively.

Following the parade, the World War II veterans sat together in a place of honor at the stage during the Veterans Day Ceremony and were each presented with a certificate and a patch honoring their service during the war.

While World War II veterans were the focus of Wednesday’s celebration, the veterans of America’s other great wars against tyranny, the Cold War and the ongoing Global War on Terror, were also recognized.

Remembrance Ceremony

Another change from previous celebrations was that there was no featured speaker. Instead, the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team performed “Fallen Soldier,” which honors those who have “given the ultimate sacrifice through the many campaigns of World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Dominican Republic, Lebanon, Grenada, Panama, Gulf War, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo, Global War on Terror, Afghanistan, Iraq War.”

Wreath Placement

The next part of the ceremony involved the placing of a red, white, and blue wreath in “honor of their dedication and service.”

Candle Ceremony

Next was the Candle Ceremony in which a member of the team lit three candles.

Light represents life; Jesus himself said I am the light of the world.

Lighting of Candles has long been a symbol of life of those we remember.

Today we light 3 Candles:

The First Candle represents the Brave Men and Women defending our nation’s freedom on both U.S. and foreign soil.

The Second Candle represents the family of an American Soldier who stand alongside their loved one as they serve their country, in prayer and love.

The Last Candle can never be extinguished for it represents the Brave Soul who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country and the freedoms we hold dear today.

Fallen Soldier

The Fallen Soldier part of the ceremony involved the members of the team who were carrying rifles, each walking up on stage, surrendering their rifle, and then each picking up an item that would be used in building a memorial to America’s fallen service men and women.

It began with the removal of a black cloth from a small table upon which the memorial would be assembled.

Please join us as we remove the black cloth of mourning and lift up our American Soldier who gave all for their country.

Today we gather as a Nation at rest but never broken by the loss of the American Soldier for their Country.

This table reminds us that we are a family, but truly heartbroken for there are brothers and sisters whose place at this table will forever be empty. The table is round, a symbol of eternal life. It offers the hope at another table where every tear will be wiped away.

Once the black cloth was removed, the different parts of the memorial were placed on the table including:

The White Table Cloth

Symbol of the purity of the sacrifice that the American soldier has given for his country.

Black Boots

The black boots are a symbol of strength of the brave soldier that stood and faced the evils of this world. They are empty and unpolished, a reminder of the tragic event that brutally stole their shine from us.

Soldiers Weapon

The American hero has always taken a rifle and stood a post to defend our nation’s freedoms regardless of where and without hesitation.

The Dog Tags

The dog tags are personal, as they represent a name of a brave soul who wore them until his service for this great nation was fulfilled. No greater love has no one than the one that lay down his life for his friends.

The White Gloves

A symbol of modesty since they served their country with honor, integrity and quiet dignity.

The Kevlar Helmet

It’s symbolic of the selfless dedication in the way our American Soldier serves. It’s when we heard the dreaded “Man Down” that our world stopped in time!

We now raise it back up with pride and perpetual gratitude.

Red Rose

As this Rose will fade and wilt away our Brothers’ Rose will not as they live among a true Rose now, the Rose of Sharon, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords.

Our Nation’s Colors

After they placed each item on the table, the members of the team then assembled around an American flag spread out on a table. They then lifted up the flag and folded it and then placed it on the table with the rest of the memorial items.

As we fold our Nation’s Colors let us all remember the Brave Men and Women who have given the ultimate sacrifice defending this Flag.

This Flag should always be respected and never should it be acceptable to walk on her, burn her, spit on her or alter her in any way! But hold it in the highest regard for the unselfish dedication and sacrifice that you the American Soldier has given to defend this nation!

The Bible

The final item placed on the memorial was a copy of The Bible.

May God forever watch over and protect them and their families until we all meet again in the land where no Rifle, Kevlar Helmet, Dog Tag, Table of Remembrance, Statues or Walls with names will be anymore. For we will all have one mission, to serve our Lord and Savior, the Risen Lamb of God!

Amen!

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times World War II veterans were the guests of honor at Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony. The veterans were honored collectively as parade marshal and Veteran of the Year. They were also presented with certificates and patches honoring their World War II service.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0053.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times World War II veterans were the guests of honor at Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony. The veterans were honored collectively as parade marshal and Veteran of the Year. They were also presented with certificates and patches honoring their World War II service.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times This is a memorial to those who gave their lives defending America and the freedom of their fellow Americans. It was assembled as part of the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Ceremony.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0077.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times This is a memorial to those who gave their lives defending America and the freedom of their fellow Americans. It was assembled as part of the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Ceremony.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The members of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team pose with the memorial they assembled during the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday morning. The ceremony was part of the Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony that honored Union County’s veterans.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0081.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The members of the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department’s Rifle Team pose with the memorial they assembled during the “Fallen Soldier” Remembrance Ceremony Wednesday morning. The ceremony was part of the Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony that honored Union County’s veterans.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The Union County High School JROTC was among the groups that participated in Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0028.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times
The Union County High School JROTC was among the groups that participated in Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade and Veterans Day Ceremony.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times The children in Mrs. Howell’s first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School have their American flags ready to wave during Wednesday morning’s Veterans Day Parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0023.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times The children in Mrs. Howell’s first grade class at Foster Park Elementary School have their American flags ready to wave during Wednesday morning’s Veterans Day Parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Antique cars like this one were part of Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0031.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Antique cars like this one were part of Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times “The Sting Machine,” the Union County High School Marching Band, did its part to honor Union County’s veterans during the Veterans Day Parade Wednesday morning.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0036.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times “The Sting Machine,” the Union County High School Marching Band, did its part to honor Union County’s veterans during the Veterans Day Parade Wednesday morning.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the students in Candi Osborne’s first grade class at Monarch Elementary School hold up signs honoring Union County’s veterans. The children make the signs Wednesday morning prior to the Veterans Day Parade.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0019.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the students in Candi Osborne’s first grade class at Monarch Elementary School hold up signs honoring Union County’s veterans. The children make the signs Wednesday morning prior to the Veterans Day Parade.

Charles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the staff of the Union County School District Office watch and wave as the Veterans Day Parade passes the district office on Main Street in downtown Union Wednesday morning. They were among the many people to line the street to honor Union County’s veterans.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0035.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Daily Times Some of the staff of the Union County School District Office watch and wave as the Veterans Day Parade passes the district office on Main Street in downtown Union Wednesday morning. They were among the many people to line the street to honor Union County’s veterans.

Charles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times The Sting Machine Flag Line performed during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union. MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 12
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_IMG_0043.jpgCharles Warner photos | The Union Daily Times The Sting Machine Flag Line performed during Wednesday’s Veterans Day Parade in downtown Union. MORE PICTURES ON PAGE 12
Fallen Soldier Remembrance Ceremony held

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090 or cwarner@civitasmedia.com.

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