Stokes County residents will have two chances to honor those who have given their lives in service of the county at Memorial Day services this Sunday.
The first service will be held at 3 p.m. at the Old Courthouse in Danbury, highlighting the service of all Stokes County Armed Service Members who have given their lives in service of the county in times of war.
In keeping with the origins of Memorial Day, this year’s program will be presented by Greg Cheek, Commander of the Yadkin Gray Eagles Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp, and will take place in the meeting room on the second floor of the Old Courthouse. Cheek will speak on the impact of the Civil War on the people of Yadkin County.
Also, there will be a display of the Kiser family members from Stokes County who died in the War and those who survived to return to their families.
Later in the day the Stokes County Arts Council and King American Legion Post 290 will host a Memorial Day Service at 5 p.m. at King Central Park.
This service will represent a somber day of remembrance for the lives lost in service, and the showing of appreciation for their honorary sacrifices.
The service will feature USAF Brig. General Hoyal Kye as the guest speaker, along with music provided by bagpiper Ken Bloom and the King Music Center. Rev. Ralph Sproles will provide an invocation and King Mayor Jack Warren will provide welcoming remarks and help Post 290 Commander Don Holland with a ceremonial laying of the wreath.
For your convenience, please bring a lawn chair for seating. If you are unable to attend, don’t forget to honor these men and women in your own way.
Memorial Day originated as Decoration Day after the American Civil War in 1868 when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days, had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. Memorial Day is not to be confused with Veterans Day; Memorial Day is a day of remembering the men and women who died while serving, while Veterans Day celebrates the service of all U.S. military veterans. 1.8 million Service men and women have given their lives for America since 1775.
Nicholas Elmes may be reached at 336-591-8191 or on Twitter @NicholasElmes.