Lake City tribute recognizes veterans
The Lake City Museum sponsored a tribute for veterans on June 26. The event began with a welcome by Lake City mayor Billy Anderson followed by the Pledge of Allegiance by Jerry Freeman.
Gordon Freeman then read attending veterans' name, military branch of service, and the date of service. As each person's name was called, the crowd gave a resounding round of applause as recognition of their service to the country.
Max Alexander, Lake City native, as guest speaker gave a very moving tribute to veterans and acknowledged their sacrifices made. A special prayer was offered by Alexander on behalf of the veterans.
The Craighead County Honor Guard members, Carl Mosby, Marvin Jumper, Billy Simpkins and Jerry Crump, conducted a special ceremony retiring a United States flag at the conclusion of the tribute. This impressive ceremony consisted of inspection of torn and worn out flags, voicing that the flag was unfit to fly and needed to be retired. Upon this command, each inspected flag was spread over an open flame - retired forever from service.
At the conclusion of 13 flags being retired, Mr. Simpkins trumpeted "Taps" forever commemorating the final day of service for the flags. The ashes of the retired flags now remain under the flagpole of the Lake City Museum with a new flag flying proudly over the ashes of the retired flags.
Veterans and community members were treated to grilled burgers and hot dogs (grilled by Ronnie Ragsdale and Danny Strickland), soft drinks, and snow cones (provided by Lake City First Baptist Church).
Museum tours were conducted allowing veterans to view the Veterans Room filled with military memorabilia and photos of Lake City residents who have served in the military.
According to Brenda Hutcheson, volunteer curator of the museum, the day was a great success with honor and tribute for the veterans and opportunity for the community to become better acquainted with the museum. Hutcheson would also like to extend thanks to the museum volunteers as well as those who contributed items to make the day a memorable one.