Monday, May 25, 2015

Bradley County Memorializes Those Who Paid the Ultimate Sacrifice

Left to Right:  Harry Lee McCaskill and Jerry Neal prepare to lay a memorial wreath at the Bradley County Memorial Marker on the Courthouse Lawn.
Those who made the supreme sacrifice in service to our nation were honored throughout the country Monday, May 25, 2015.  Bradley County memorialized their servicemen who died serving the United States with a Wreath-laying Ceremony followed by a Memorial Day Service held inside the First United Methodist Church.
First United Methodist Church Pastor Gary Harrison delivers message to the audience at the Memorial Day Service.

A crowd gathered at 10:30 a.m. on the courthouse lawn at the Memorial Marker to honor deceased from World War I to the present.  The program began with RDeWayne Banks leading those gathered in the singing of the National Anthem.  After reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, veterans Jerry Neal and Harry Lee McCaskill placed a wreath at the Memorial Monument.  Mr. Banks then led the audience in singing "God Bless America".  The program concluded with TAPS.
Carol Rudder, Regent of DAR

At 11:00 a.m., an even larger crowd gathered inside First United Methodist Church for a Memorial Day Program.  Pastor Gary Harrison welcomed the attendees and directed them to join in a moment of silence.  Paster Harrison spoke Memorial Day remarks to the congregation.  The audience sang "My Country Tis of Thee" before Caol Rudder, Regent of the Daughters of the American Revolution of Bradley County spoke to those gathered about the work of the DAR.  After singing "God Bless America, Pastor Harrison gave a closing prayer followed by the playing of TAPS.

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