May 26, 2004

Ceremonies Planned For Memorial Day

Halifax County will honor the nation's fallen soldiers in two separate ceremonies this year at the Halifax County War Memorial.

The first ceremony will be planned for Sunday at 3 p.m.

The event is organized by American Legion Posts 8 & 99, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8243, the Halifax County High School JROTC, the Virginia National Guard and the Vietnam Veterans Association.

A second ceremony is scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday, on Memorial Day.

That event is organized by the John M. Jordan Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, the Halifax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Col. Thomas Williamson Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and the Dan River Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.

The Monday ceremony will honor ancestors who gave their lives for their country during the earlier wars.

Area heritage organizations will conduct a joint wreath laying ceremony.
The public is invited to attend both services to honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for their country.



June 1, 2004

War Memorial Service Offers A Somber Tribute To Fallen Soldiers

Hundreds gathered Sunday at the Halifax County War Memorial to honor America's fallen soldiers during the annual Memorial Day ceremony.

Guest speaker Thomas E. Saunders, past state Commander of the American Legion, told the crowd that America's fallen soldiers should never be forgotten.

"This is a day we set aside to say 'thank you' to the men and women who gave their lives for their country," he said. "It's our duty as patriots to remember those who gave their lives for freedom.

Sunday's ceremony was dedicated to Korean War veterans, past War Memorial Commission Chair Larry Clark said.

"Those men and women who went into an unknown land during an unknown war deserve our recognition," he said.

Delegate Clarke Hogan said it is the duty of all Americans to remember those who sacrificed their lives for their country.

"How do we earn the freedoms we have?" he asked. "Wars have touched us all and I believe we recognize their sacrifice not from movies or television programs, but by talking and meeting with those who served. If we hold to our values maybe we'll earn and be worthy of their sacrifice."

Following a 21-gun salute by members of Post 99, designated veterans laid wreaths at the memorial in memory of the nation's fallen soldiers.

The event was sponsored by American Legion Posts 8 and 99, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8243, the Halifax County High School JROTC, the Virginia National Guard and the Vietnam Veterans Association.


June 2, 2004

Veterans Of America’s Early Wars Honored At Memorial Day Service

Groups Gather At War Memorial For Service


"Today is not Veteran's Day, the day when veterans are honored," Doug Powell of the Dan River Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution said Monday. "And today is not Armed Forces Day, the day when those serving are honored.

"Today is Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for those who have died in America's wars," he added.

Representatives of the Berryman Green Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), the Halifax Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Col. Thomas Williamson Chapter of the Military Order of the Stars and Bars and the John M. Jordan Camp of the Sons of Confederate Veterans joined the Sons of the American Revolution for Monday's ceremony at the Halifax County War Memorial.

"This war memorial honors many who served and paid the ultimate price," Powell said. "Including those who defended our homeland during the early American wars."

He added that just as Americans are dying for their country today, the veterans from the early wars were serving their country.

"Men in all of these early American wars died for Virginia and provided homeland security for this community.

"Today we honor all who served America during time of war and gave their lives," he said.

The organizations placed wreathes at the memorial in commemoration of the soldiers who died in the early wars.

"To all those who pause in this place, may this memorial remind them of the nobility of life well lived and quicken response of acknowledgement of the ever-continuing call to unselfish service," said Jane Edmunds of the DAR. "As our ancestors rose to the challenge in founding a new nation, may we have the courage, wisdom and ability to protect and preserve it."