Lake City honors veterans
Veterans from the Lake City area were honored Saturday, Oct. 20, with a parade and dedication ceremony at the new Veteran's Memorial located next to the Lake City Museum.
The monuments are etched with 888 names (30 more to be added) of the brave men and women who served and are serving their country.
The monument project was a joint effort of the Veteran's Memorial Committee and city officials. It has been three years in the making and a large crowd came out for the dedication and parade.
Committee members are Brenda Hutcheson, Stephanie Timms, Jerry Freeman, Marie George, Debbie Nunnally, Linda Simpson, Martha Carter and Sandra Nall.
Serving as grand marshals for the parade were Raymond Clark and Gaylon Piercy. Mr. Clark, 97, is a World War II Army veteran. He is a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient. Sgt. Piercy, 87, is a Korean War vetearn serving from 1948 until 1955.
Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan welcomed guests offering his appreciation to all of the veterans.
Monette American Legion Post 136 members Brandon Decker, Dickie Pace, Robert Chambers and Larry Rolland posted the Colors, folded the flag, and gave a 21-gun salute.
David and Tara Bellomy were in charge of a special cannon salute and Lake City's Navy Veteran Marie George played Taps.
Jerry Freeman recognized the veterans and Wendy Walling sang Amazing Grace.
The keynote speaker was Lake City native Wes Ward with the Arkansas Department of Agriculture, U.S. Marines JAG officer.
Ward read a letter from Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson recognizing and welcoming everyone to the dedication of the Lake City Veteran's Memorial on behalf of the State of Arkansas. He also recognized the grassroots work that made the day possible. Gov. Hutchinson went on to say, “This memorial remembers the brave men and women who, without regard for personal cost or sacrifice, answered the call to defend our nation, its freedoms and ideals. Throughout the years, Arkansans across the state have served as guardians of democracy with honor, courage and integrity. We owe, to our fallen veterans, a lasting debt of gratitude for their devotion to duty in defense of our state and our nation. It gives me great pride to know that Lake City and the surrounding communities have not forgotten this debt.”
State Representative Dan Sullivan was in attendance and recognized.
Following the closing remarks by Mayor Milligan and prayer by Raymond Clark, the Lake City museum was open for tours.