Clarke County residents and visitors will gather for the community observance of Memorial Day this weekend on Sunday, May 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m., in Rose Hill Park. This year’s service will feature re-enactors, music and guest speakers. The program sponsored by VFW Post 9760 and American Legion Post 41 will include significant reference to the War of the Revolution, the Civil War, and the role of the Buffalo Soldiers who bivouacked in Clarke County before their travels to the New Frontier.
The Clarke County High School Band and Choir will provide prelude, postlude, and other musical selections during the ceremony. Re-enactors, including George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and a Buffalo soldier, will be in their “period” clothing during the event. Guest speakers will deliver the Gettysburg Address and the American Creed.
Clarke County students will provide historical data on the significance of the military salute and the background information concerning the haunting melody played at day’s end and at military funerals—Taps. Re-enactors will provide insights to the War of the Revolution, the Civil War, the Westward expansion, as well as the 20th Century World Wars and the 20th and 21st Century conflicts. The speakers and re-enactors will be available for questions or information following the ceremony’s closing remarks.
The inclement weather location will be at the Barns of Rose Hill where cold drinks and cookies will also be available.
VFW Post 9760 and American Legion Post 41 are also holding a free picnic after the ceremony and all attendees are invited to gather at the VFW Pavilion at 425 South Buckmarsh in Berryville at approximately 3:30 p.m.