2011-05-25 / Front Page

VFW honors local heroes on Memorial Day


The crosses on the Jenkins County Courthouse lawn were placed by members of VFW Post #2776 in observance of Memorial Day. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) The crosses on the Jenkins County Courthouse lawn were placed by members of VFW Post #2776 in observance of Memorial Day. (Staff photo by Deborah Bennett) The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2776 are honoring heroes from Jenkins County on Memorial Day, May 30, by placing crosses on the Jenkins County Courthouse lawn, displaying U.S. Flags along Cotton Avenue, placing a wreath at the War Memorial Monument and placing a patriotic ribbon on the War Memorial sign on Highway 17. Members will also visit veterans in the Bethany Home Nursing Center and bring them gifts commemorating their military service.

Commander Byron Scogins commented, “I believe Memorial Day is a time to reflect on the millions who have sacrificed their lives defending the freedoms of this great country and on those who served and survived. I believe special recognition and appreciation should be given to surviving WW II Veterans. Fifteen million wore military uniforms between 1941- 1945, and fewer than three million are still alive. Overlook the tears in their eyes when you shake their hands and thank them for their service and sacrifice. And please don’t forget those brave men and women currently serving in harms way. Disapprove of the war if you wish but never, again, disapprove of the warrior. The wounds take too long to heal.”

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