The true meaning of Memorial Day is often lost amid the cookouts, vacations and sales, but that was not the case for those gathered Monday at the Yadkin County Park. Members of the Yadkin County Veterans Council host a Memorial Day ceremony at the park each year to honor the many men and women who have lost their lives in service to the nation.
Chaplain Buddy Rhodes opened the ceremony with a prayer and recitation of the pledge of allegiance. Rhodes commented on the importance of the pledge and the American flag.
“Somewhere down the road we’ve let down on teaching our youngsters what the flag is all about,” Rhodes said. “The flag is just a piece of cloth, but it’s what that flag represents is what’s important.
“We’re here today to give homage to the men and women that gave their lives in battle so that we could have the right to stand here today and enjoy ourselves,” Rhodes went on to say. “It’s not just a day to get off and cook out and do things like that. This is a day you should honor those fallen heroes and those are my heroes because they gave the ultimate sacrifice.”
David Shore, commander of American Legion Post 336, also spoke at the ceremony. Shore thanked those in attendance at the ceremony.
“I’m thrilled about the participants we have this morning,” Shore said. “Yadkin County should be mighty proud of the participants and audiences we have at our annual Memorial Day service and Veterans Day service.”
Shore shared some statistics on the number of service men and women who have lost their lives as well as those still considered missing in action.
“As we reflect on what this day means to us, let’s take time and remember this day for what it is, and remember the ones that have sacrificed to protect the freedoms that we all enjoy today at the same time let’s give thanks to those that are still standing to defend and uphold the constitution of the United States of America and still putting their lives in harms way.”
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