Over 70 people gathered at the Veterans Plaza at the Rosemark Community Park on Memorial Day, May 28th, to honor those who have given their lives in the service of their country. The program began at 11:00 a.m. with the Armed Forces Medley by Walter Hollyfield, Retired U.S. Navy, followed by remarks by HARE President, Cary Vaughn and an opening prayer. Marjorie Green, DAR, River City Chapter then lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
State Representative Ron Lollar, a Marine veteran, was recognized and spoke. HARE Chairman, and Vietnam War Veteran, Jon McCalla, delivered an Historical Perspective recognizing local soldiers and sailors who died in WWI and WWII.
A bouquet of red and white roses wrapped in blue ribbon was then placed on the Gold Star Marker by Raymond Gales, the oldest veteran present with the assistance of the great, great nieces and nephews of Rusty McDaniel, U.S. Army, killed at Anzio, Italy on February 16, 1944. See An Illustrated History, p. 343.
The ceremony concluded with the playing of taps by Bill Bullock.
Note: An additional Gold Star Marker has now been placed on the southside of the Veterans Plaza adding to the list of local servicemen killed in action.