According to a press release from Daniel Ham, commander of Post 5448 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the event will take place on May 26 at Memorial Park at 11 a.m. There will be an hour-long program and, afterward, guests can speak to veterans from conflicts ranging from World War II to Operation Iraqi Freedom.
“We’ve got most everything worked out,” Ham said at the meeting.
He supplied meeting participants with an agenda for the Memorial Day event. It will begin with opening remarks and comments by Ham and a presentation of the colors by the Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps from either Griffin High School or Spalding High School.
Spalding County Tax Commissioner Sylvia Hollums will sing the national anthem and Jerry Brinkley will give an invocation. Lee McRae will give a brief history of Memorial Day.
After the positioning of a flag-covered casket provided by Conner-Westbury Funeral Home, McRae and local veterans’ groups will place the memorial wreath. Gail Adams will provide special music and Mike Dayton will dedicate military-cemetery brick pavers. David Otto will dedicate the flag for the casket of a deceased veteran.
After that, Bill Shivers will give a speech and Tom Moore will sound “Taps.” After the JROTC folds the flag and raises the colors to the top of the flagpole, Ham will make concluding remarks and close with prayer.
In the event of inclement weather, Taylor Street Middle School’s gymnasium will be the alternate site.
The meeting ended on a serious note. Sgt. Ricky Todd of the Georgia Army National Guard announced that the Headquarters and Headquarters Company of the 2nd Battalion of the 121st Infantry Regiment, a detachment of the Georgia Army National Guard based in Griffin, will be deployed in Afghanistan in the summer of 2009.
Those interested in purchasing a commemorative brick paver should contact the Oak Hill Cemetery office.