Annual Memorial Day ceremony honros veterans
The Monette American Legion hosted a Memorial Day tribute to veterans on Sunday, May 27, at the Monette Cemetery.
Legion member Jerry Reed welcomed the veterans and their families in attendance and led the opening prayer.
The Color Guard presented the United States flag, the Veterans of Foreign Wars flag, and included two arms bearers. The four veterans serving as the Color Guard included Post Commander Larry Rolland, Robert Chambers, Bob George and Dick Pace.
Veteran Marie George led the assembly in singing "Amazing Grace."
Legion Chaplain Robert Chambers led the group in a special prayer for the men and women who have served and are now serving in the military.
The Honor Guard led by Robin Ashley fired three volleys to honor the veterans, alive and deceased. The Honor Guard consisted of veterans Bob George, Robert Chambers, Dick Pace, Mack Bounds, Larry Rolland, and Oscar Redding. Bob Blankenship presented Taps.
"We are thankful for all the veterans and their families here today that have come to pay tribute to our soldiers who fought so hard to keep our nation free," Reed said. "We are all called upon to speak up and stand up for freedom, whenever we have an opportunity."
"I hope people will pause to remember today and what a sacrifice our soldiers made for all of us," Chambers said. "I think the scripture John 15:13 says it best, 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.' All of the veterans sacrificed their lives for this community. Jesus set the example in Romans 5:8, when he died for us, so that we may be truly free. We are blessed to be living in a free society."
Monette Cemetery Committee Chairman Janet Rolland gave a cemetery report, which consisted of receipts and expenses for the past year.
"We depend upon donations and sales of burial plots to maintain the cemetery," Rolland said. "We have been having Memorial Day services here since World War II. Jerry Reed said he had been coming to these for 40 years. We have two walls of honor at the American Legion building to pay tribute to our veterans. One is for those who lost their lives in battle and the other is for service people. We always need to pause and remember."
A special offering was taken for the cemetery at the close of the meeting.
Bro. Tim Bassing led the closing prayer to conclude the services.
Legion members placed American flags on veterans' graves, at the Monette and Macey Cemeteries and presented a large flag display at the American Legion building downtown.
The color posted flags and presented arms during the Monette Memorial Day services at the Monette Cemetery on Sunday, May 27.
Veterans attending the Memorial Day services in Monette included, from left: an unknown visitor from out of town, Bob Birondo, Marie George, Robin Ashley, Janet Rolland, Bob Blankenship, Mickey Joe Littlejohn, Dick Pace, Robert Chambers, Larry Rolland, Bob George, Mac Bounds, Oscar Redding, and Jerry Reed. (Town Crier photo/Nan Snider)