Clarke County Memorial Day Service

The annual Clarke County Memorial Day Service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 30th, in Rose Hill Park, Berryville, Virginia.   The program for the service was developed by a committee of local citizens, representatives of VFW Post 9760, and representatives of American Legion Post 41.   The program will include patriotic music, military salutes, prayers, and speeches.  

508257_memorial_dayThis year, the committee is pleased and honored that a distinguished, high ranking U. S. Army non-commissioned officer has agreed to share some brief remarks with the citizens of Clarke County.   The speaker will be Command Sergeant Major Althea G. Dixon.   She is assigned to the United States Army Medical Command as the Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Army Surgeon General.  

A group of wounded soldiers from the “Warrior Transition Brigade” will attend the service.   This organization is committed to improving out-patient care for wounded soldiers.   The committee has also invited veterans who are residents at the Martinsburg VA Medical Center to attend the service.   A picnic lunch and reception will be held for these veterans and program participants immediately before the Memorial Day Service at VFW Post 9760, 425 South Buckmarsh Street, Berryville, Virginia.  

Memorial Day is the one day out of the year for the nation to get together to remember, reflect and honor those who have given their all in service to their country.   There is no better way to do this than with a small town service surrounded by friends and family.   All residents of Clarke County and the surrounding area are encouraged to attend the service.   After the service, you are encouraged to visit the local cemeteries and place flowers on the graves of veterans, family members, and friends.  

Limited seating will be available so guests are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and/or blankets.   Parking for elderly and handicapped guests will be available in the parking lot adjacent to the Dollar General Store.   In case of inclement weather, the service will be held at Johnson-Williams Middle School.  

On Saturday, May 29, 2010, U.S. flags will be placed on the graves of veterans buried in Clarke County cemeteries.   Volunteers are needed to assist with the placement of flags at Green Hill Cemetery.   If you would like to help, meet at the cemetery flag pole at 9:00 a.m.   The U.S. flags are provided by American Legion Post 41 and VFW Post 9760.  

For additional information, please contact Rodney Lloyd at 955-2005.