GREENVILLE — With flags waving and music playing under sunny skies, area residents turned out to pay tribute to the sacrifices of America’s veterans Monday.
A Memorial Day parade began at 1 p.m. and made its way down Broadway Street to Greenville Cemetery, where a service was held in remembrance of those who gave their lives in all American wars.
Greenville City Council President John Burkett welcomed those who made the trek to the site of the city’s memorial to local servicemen and servicewomen.
“We’re glad to have you here. This is a special day and we hope it’s inspirational for all,” he said.
Following an invocation prayer, Emma Price recited Abraham Lincoln’s famed Gettysburg Address.
Disabled American Veterans State Adjutant Kenneth Marcum gave a brief memorial address.
“We are here today to remember our fallen heroes. It’s easy to take for granted how significant our freedoms are, how full our lives are when we overlook the true significance of Memorial Day,” he said.
“Growing up, we all looked forward to a day of having picnics and enjoying family and friends. Some of us got older, joined the military, lost some brethren — it takes [on] a new significant meaning,” he added.
In a special ceremony, Mary Jane Dietrich of the Fort GreenVille Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented a medal and a certificate of appreciation to local veteran Ross Clark in honor of all World War II veterans in recognition of the 75th anniversary of the beginning of the war.
After this, floral wreaths were laid at the base of the monument and the honor guard fired a 21-gun-salute. The Greenville Senior High Band played “Taps” followed by “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
In leading the benediction to conclude the service, American Legion Post #140 Chaplain Ken Price said, “The Lord bless these United States of America and keep us safe. The Lord make his face to shine upon us as a nation and be gracious unto us. The Lord lift up his very presence upon this nation and grant us peace.”
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