Memorial Day solemnized



About 100 citizens assembled on the courthouse lawn Monday morning to celebrate Memorial Day, featuring the reading of names of Blount County casualties in five wars, and the singing of ‘The Star Spangled Banner’ by Linda Rhymes. Guest speaker Wayne Bynum spoke on patriotism and read a moving poem entitled ‘A soldier died today.’ Commanders of four Blount County American Legion posts and a Disabled American Veterans chapter carried out the laying of the wreath on the memorial marker commemorating Blount County’s casualties.

Above from left: Jim Carroll, American Legion departmental executive committee member; Dan Porch, county extension coordinator; Dalton Wester, retired veterans service officer; Rhymes, singer and choir director; master of ceremonies and Blount County Grateful Heart official Leland Venable.

Choir students of Linda Rhymes performed ‘God Bless the USA, and trumpeters Andrea Hill and Mandy Wood of Susan Moore High School concluded the ceremony with the playing of ‘Taps.’ Ron Gholson