Veterans remembered at Monette service

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
Monette American Legion Veterans, pictured from left, back row, Bob George, Marie George, Bob Blankenship, Bill Craig, Robin Ashley, Danny Strickland, and Bob Wilburn. Front row is Jerry Reed, Robert Chambers, Larry Rolland, and Ronnie Qualls.

Monette American Legion hosted a Memorial Day tribute to veterans Sunday, May 26, at the Monette Memorial 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 Veteran's of Foreign Wars flag, and included two arms bearers. The four veterans serving as the Color Guard included Post Commander Larry Rolland, Robert Chambers, Bill Craig and Ronnie Qualls.

Program speaker, Josh Parnell, minister of Monette Church of Christ.

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 now serve 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 Robert Chambers, Danny Strickland, Jerry Tipton, Bill Craig, Ronnie Qualls, Larry Rolland and Bob George. Bob Blankenship presented Taps.

"There are many heroes in battle," Reed said. "It is hard for civilians to realize that. Some come back, and some don't. Some have had to kill and some have been killed. Some have been shot at, and wounded. Courage comes to them. They are on duty day and night. Please try to understand what they have been through. Our nation has been in so many wars, some we win and some we can't get out of.

"There are scars even when you can't see them. We come to honor God first, and today our veterans are second. Jesus is now fighting our battles for us."

"We honor two men today, Jesus who died for our sins and the American soldiers who died for our freedom," Monette Church of Christ Minister Josh Parnell said. "Jesus said 'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.'

"So many have gone before us that sacrificed their physical and mental health to protect our freedom. God set up memorials and reminders for us to use as examples, like the Passover and the Lord's Supper. Our nation set up Memorial Day to help us remember our veterans. We are thankful for them and they deserve this honor. We should never forget what this day represents. Blessings upon those who have served in the past and will do so in the future."

Robert Chambers 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.

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