Veteran’s were honored Saturday May 26th at 11:00 a.m. at the Fannin County Veterans Memorial Park, Blue Ridge, GA, located on Old Hwy. 76 George Pletcher, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, who served 33 years in the U.S army, gave the opening remarks and welcome at a very touching ceremony honoring and remembering our Veterans who gave their lives fighting for our Country. Following the welcome, a prayer was given by Rev. James Galloway.
Next, was the posting of the colors, and the placing of the Red, White, and Blue wreaths in honor of all POWs and soldiers MIA.
Mr. Richard L. Crosley, was the event’s keynote speaker, and noted during his speech that this was the 1st Memorial Day service since the end of the Iraq war and went on to say,
“each life has contributed to the life in America as we know it today”
Mr. Crosley encouraged everyone to remember the many that sacrifice so we can enjoy America and our freedom, stating
“no other nation on earth sacrificed as America to ensure freedom”
After his heartfelt speech, Mr. Pletcher presented an award to Richard Crosley in appreciation of his service to our great nation. The guns were fired and the crowd stood in silence, remembering the brave that have served our Country and continue to do so as taps was played.
Afterwards, the North Georgia Honor Guard performed a 21-gun salute, and a bugle benediction of “Taps”.
The ceremony ended with the retiring of the colors.
FetchYourNews.com had the honor of meeting Mr. Roger Dionne from Ellijay, GA, a veteran of the Navy. Mr. Dionne shared that he had served in Navy from 1975 to 1979 and that his Father had also served in the Navy as well.
Following the ceremony, the North Georgia Honor Guard held a private Honors ceremony out on Kyle Road.