Local Memorial Day events will be taking place this weekend in Elkin, Jonesville and historic Rockford, giving opportunities for the residents to pay homage to fallen soldiers throughout the weekend.
Jonesville will be hosting its Memorial Day Program on Sunday at 4 p.m. in Mineral Springs Park. Former White House Honor Guard member Grady Prevette of Jonesville will be speaking briefly at the ceremony. The program also will feature music from the Praise Team with Wesley Chapel and Piney Grove Church. An interpretive signing by Stephanie Collins will take place during the national anthem. The event will conclude with the ringing of the bell to honor the soldiers who fell in service.
An open house at the Jonesville History Center also will take place that afternoon from 2 to 4 p.m. before the Mineral Springs Park service. Refreshments will be serviced in the history center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Parking will be available at the history center, off of River Road, at the river over-look park, and in the Tri-County Christian Crisis Ministry lot.
Elkin will be hosting its Memorial Day service Monday at the Elkin Municipal Park at 10 a.m. This year’s featured speaker will be Elkin Mayor Lestine Hutchens. The program will feature a presentation of colors and the laying of the wreath by members of the Elkin High School Junior Army ROTC Unit. Guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs due to limited seating.
“Memorial Day gives us the opportunity to reflect upon the ultimate sacrifice our fellow service members gave for this country. The day also pays tribute to all veterans that have honorably served our nation that we have lost this past year. The VFW is appreciative of the young cadets from the Junior Army ROTC unit at Elkin High School who placed flags on all the graves of veterans here in Elkin. This teaches them the importance of honor,” said VFW Post Quartermaster Sam Bishop.
For additional information, contact Bishop at 336-366-9751 or email at [email protected]
Rockford Memorial Day Service will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Rockford Methodist Church. This year’s program will consist of a musical tribute to each war period from the Revolutionary War to the Vietnam War. The songs will be performed by Dr. Gena Poovey, Noah Lindeman, Gene Anderson and Marion Venable. The program will then continue in the Rockford Baptist Church cemetery where flags will be placed on the soldiers’ graves. Refreshments will be served in the church after the service.
The Rockford Memorial Day Service is sponsored by the Rockford Preservation Society, a non-profit organization. For more information, contact Hannah Holyfield at 336-374-3825
Troy Brooks may be reached at 336-258-4058.