UNION — The 1st Vice Commander of the South Carolina Department of the America Legion will be the featured speaker at the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground this coming Monday.
Monday 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.
As it is has in previous years, the American Legion Post 22 will hold its Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground at the intersection of Main and Mountain streets in downtown Union. The Memorial Ground features markers listing the names of the war dead of Union County from World War I, World II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. The flag of the United States of America flies above the markers along with the flag of the State of South Carolina, the flags of all of the Armed Forces of the United States, and the POW/MIA flag.
The Memorial Day Ceremony will begin 10:30 a.m. with a patriotic music prelude performed by Daniel Prince of WBCU Radio. This will be followed by remarks by the Ceremonial Commander, American Legion Post 22 Commander Thomas L. Sinclair.
A major part of the Memorial Day Ceremony is the lowering of the flags at the Union Memorial Grounds to half-staff as a visible reminder of the men and women who died in the service of this country. The lowering of the flags during Monday’s service will be handled by the Union County High School JROTC Cadets.
Next will be the Commencement Prayer delivered by the Rev. Malachi Rodgers Sr. This will be followed by the singing of the National Anthem by Prince.
Those in attendance will then be lead in the Pledge of Alleigance to the flag of the United States of America by Post 22’s Gus Diamaduros. The pledge will be followed by patriotic music performed by Hester Booker of McBeth Baptist Church.
Sinclair will then introduce the featured speaker, South Carolina Department of the American Legion 1st Vice Commander Robert Scherer.
Each ceremony also has the presentation of wreaths at the memorial and this year the wreaths will be presented by Post 22’s Frank Matthew Hart and Oscar Gist Sr.
As with any ceremony honoring America’s military dead, the ceremony will close with the playing of “Taps.” At Monday’s ceremony the song will be performed by Ronnie Lybrand and Buddy Wilkes.
Sinclair will then deliver the closing remarks, but that will not be the end of the Memorial Day activities.
Those attending the ceremony will then be invited to the Veterans Memorial Park Lodge at Foster Park to view a video on the 2015 Memorial Day ceremony presented by the Rev. Jerry P. McKee. Light refreshments will be served during the presentation.
Rev. Scott Cobb of Lakeside Baptist Church will then deliver the Benediction.
Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.