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Annual Memorial Day Observance Honors Our Real Heroes
The Hollywood Cemetery Association held its nineteenth annual Memorial Day Observance on Sunday, May 29, at 2 p.m. This annual event pays tribute to those in uniform who died while fighting to maintain our freedoms.
As in past years, the VFW Color Guard, under the capable leadership of Commander Jon Harrison, participated in our observance. Other members of this faithful group are Dr. Spurgeon Smith, chaplain; Tony Jacik, Larry Meigs, and Robert Sessions, riflemen.
A beautiful rendition of our National Anthem was provided by Esther Gray Lemus, Professor of Voice at Bethel University, and Director of Innovation, the Jackson State choral ensemble. Ms. Lemus also led our spirited patriotic sing-along which followed the posting of the colors.
Our State Representative, Jimmy Eldridge, provided our Memorial Day 2016 address. Representative Eldridge reminded the group that although he is not a veteran, he is the son of a career military officer. Therefore, as he came of age, he had the experience of living in many different places, and on numerous bases, and for two years he attended school in England while his father was on duty there. He encouraged those assembled to think about the sacrifices made by those serving in the military and fighting to protect our freedoms. He admonished us never to forget that some have made the ultimate sacrifice in order to preserve the freedoms that we enjoy and that we sometimes take too much for granted.
As in previous years, the Woodmen of the World had purchased and placed flags on veterans’ graves. These small flags are a vivid reminder of how many of those buried in Hollywood have served in our nation’s armed forces. Both these flags and those which lined our entrance driveway enhanced the beauty and dignity of Historic Hollywood and made May 29 an ideal time to visit the cemetery.
This annual event is free and open to the public so we hope you will join us for our twentieth annual Memorial Day observance in 2017!