Remembering those who gave all


Memorial Day ceremony featured music, prayers

By Charles Warner - cwarner@civitasmedia.com



Charles Warner | The Union Times The flags at the Union Memorial Ground were at half-staff Monday morning as part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Memorial Day honors the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Monday’s ceremony included the traditional raising and lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of South Carolina; the flags of all of the Armed Forces; and the POW/MIA flag.


Charles Warner | The Union Times American Legion Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair makes a point during his address as Ceremonial Commander at the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony was held Monday morning at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Sinclair served not only as Ceremonial Commander but also the main speaker.


Charles Warner | The Union Times JROTC Cadets from Union County High School present the colors Monday morning during American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Grounds in downtown Union. In addition to presenting the colors, the cadets also took part in the ceremonial raising and lowering of the flags at the memorial site. The flags, including the flag of the United States of America, are raised and lowered on Memorial Day to honor the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Prayer was a big part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. Here some of those attending the ceremony stand and bow their heads as the Commencement Prayer is delivered by Malachi Rodgers Sr. The ceremony concluded with a Benediction delivered by the Rev. Scott Cobb of Lakeside Baptist Church.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Daniel Prince of WBCU performed the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the United States of America, during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Patriot music was a big part of the ceremony which honored those who gave their lives in the service of their country.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Oscar Gist Sr. (left) and Frank Matthew Hart (right) of American Legion Post 22 placed the wreath in honor of the war dead of Union County whose names are inscribed in the markers at the Union Memorial Ground. They placed the wreath during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Buddy Wilkes was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Ronnie Lybrand was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Hester Booker of McBeth Baptist Church sang patriotic songs and lead those attending in song during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union.


Charles Warner | The Union Times Memorial Day in Union County is commemorated not only by the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground, but also by this memorial placed along the Duncan Bypass for Memorial Day. The memorial features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. There is also a symbolic image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons.


Charles Warner | The Union Times This image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade is the centerpiece of a memorial place along the Duncan Bypass in honor of Memorial Day. The image is accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons. The memorial also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. It also features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America.


UNION — At the present time there are approximately 1.3 million men and women on duty in the Armed Forces of the United States of America, a number roughly equal to the number of their brothers and sisters who have lost their lives while defending this country in its more than 200 years of existence.

Those were the numbers cited by American Legion Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair in his address during the post’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union Monday morning. Monday’s ceremony featured patriotic music, prayers, the raising and lowering of the flags at the Memorial to half-staff, and the laying of the wreath in honor of the war dead of Union County.

The Union Memorial Ground features markers listing the names of the war dead of Union County from World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

Sinclair pointed out that as a boy he would often pass the Memorial without ever thinking of what it means, of what stands as a reminder of. He told those attending Monday’s event that in the years since it he has come to understand that the Memorial, like Memorial Day itself, is a reminder of the 1.3 million Americans who have given their lives in the service and defense of their country and the freedom of its people.

While Memorial Day is about remembering those who died in military service to America, Sinclair also spoke of those who are still serving today. Sinclair pointed out that there are approximately 1.3 million men and women serving in America’s Armed Forces or “one four thousandth of a percent” of the country’s population. He said it is this small number of men and women who continue to serve and defend their country and the freedoms of their fellow citizens.

“It’s just as it has been said, some gave all, all gave some, and some are still giving,” Sinclair said.

Sinclair added that it’s not just the men and women in uniform who do the giving but their families and friends and communities as well.

“For those that gave their all they were not the only ones to make the sacrifice,” Sinclair said. “Their families made the sacrifice, their friends made the sacrifice, their community made the sacrifice.”

Sinclair also spoke of Union County and its commitment to serving and defending America over the years, pointing out that in World War I there was no need for a draft as the county met its recruitment goals with volunteers alone. All this, he said not only brings home the meaning of the Memorial but is also a source of pride for the people of Union County, all South Carolinians, and all Americans.

“As I stand in front of this concrete monument I know what it truly means,” Sinclair said. “I could not be more proud to be part of this community, of this state, and this nation.”

Charles Warner | The Union Times The flags at the Union Memorial Ground were at half-staff Monday morning as part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Memorial Day honors the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Monday’s ceremony included the traditional raising and lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of South Carolina; the flags of all of the Armed Forces; and the POW/MIA flag.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-2-.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times The flags at the Union Memorial Ground were at half-staff Monday morning as part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. Memorial Day honors the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America. Monday’s ceremony included the traditional raising and lowering of the flags of the United States of America and the State of South Carolina; the flags of all of the Armed Forces; and the POW/MIA flag.

Charles Warner | The Union Times American Legion Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair makes a point during his address as Ceremonial Commander at the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony was held Monday morning at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Sinclair served not only as Ceremonial Commander but also the main speaker.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-2.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times American Legion Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair makes a point during his address as Ceremonial Commander at the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony. The ceremony was held Monday morning at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Sinclair served not only as Ceremonial Commander but also the main speaker.

Charles Warner | The Union Times JROTC Cadets from Union County High School present the colors Monday morning during American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Grounds in downtown Union. In addition to presenting the colors, the cadets also took part in the ceremonial raising and lowering of the flags at the memorial site. The flags, including the flag of the United States of America, are raised and lowered on Memorial Day to honor the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-3.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times JROTC Cadets from Union County High School present the colors Monday morning during American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Grounds in downtown Union. In addition to presenting the colors, the cadets also took part in the ceremonial raising and lowering of the flags at the memorial site. The flags, including the flag of the United States of America, are raised and lowered on Memorial Day to honor the memory of the servicemen and women who died while serving in the Armed Forces of the United States of America.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Prayer was a big part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. Here some of those attending the ceremony stand and bow their heads as the Commencement Prayer is delivered by Malachi Rodgers Sr. The ceremony concluded with a Benediction delivered by the Rev. Scott Cobb of Lakeside Baptist Church.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-4.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Prayer was a big part of American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. Here some of those attending the ceremony stand and bow their heads as the Commencement Prayer is delivered by Malachi Rodgers Sr. The ceremony concluded with a Benediction delivered by the Rev. Scott Cobb of Lakeside Baptist Church.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Daniel Prince of WBCU performed the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the United States of America, during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Patriot music was a big part of the ceremony which honored those who gave their lives in the service of their country.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-5.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Daniel Prince of WBCU performed the Star Spangled Banner, the National Anthem of the United States of America, during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union. Patriot music was a big part of the ceremony which honored those who gave their lives in the service of their country.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Oscar Gist Sr. (left) and Frank Matthew Hart (right) of American Legion Post 22 placed the wreath in honor of the war dead of Union County whose names are inscribed in the markers at the Union Memorial Ground. They placed the wreath during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-6.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Oscar Gist Sr. (left) and Frank Matthew Hart (right) of American Legion Post 22 placed the wreath in honor of the war dead of Union County whose names are inscribed in the markers at the Union Memorial Ground. They placed the wreath during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Buddy Wilkes was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-7.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Buddy Wilkes was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Ronnie Lybrand was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-8.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Ronnie Lybrand was one of two buglers to perform “Taps” at the conclusion of the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground and feature patriotic music, prayers, an address by Post 22 Commander Tommy Sinclair, and the raising and lowering of the flags to half-mast in honor of those who gave their all in service to their country.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Hester Booker of McBeth Baptist Church sang patriotic songs and lead those attending in song during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-9.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Hester Booker of McBeth Baptist Church sang patriotic songs and lead those attending in song during the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Day Ceremony Monday morning. The ceremony was held at the Union Memorial Ground in downtown Union.

Charles Warner | The Union Times Memorial Day in Union County is commemorated not only by the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground, but also by this memorial placed along the Duncan Bypass for Memorial Day. The memorial features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. There is also a symbolic image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-12.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times Memorial Day in Union County is commemorated not only by the American Legion Post 22’s Annual Memorial Ceremony at the Union Memorial Ground, but also by this memorial placed along the Duncan Bypass for Memorial Day. The memorial features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America. It also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. There is also a symbolic image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons.

Charles Warner | The Union Times This image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade is the centerpiece of a memorial place along the Duncan Bypass in honor of Memorial Day. The image is accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons. The memorial also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. It also features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
http://uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Memorial-Day-13.jpgCharles Warner | The Union Times This image of a soldier kneeling in prayer by the cross of a fallen comrade is the centerpiece of a memorial place along the Duncan Bypass in honor of Memorial Day. The image is accompanied by a pair of combat boots decorated with flowers and ribbons. The memorial also features crosses bearing the names of those Union County residents who died in service to their country. It also features the flags of the United States of America, the State of South Carolina, and all the Armed Forces of the United States of America.
Memorial Day ceremony featured music, prayers

By Charles Warner

cwarner@civitasmedia.com

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

Charles Warner can be reached at 864-762-4090.

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