They spoke of sacrifice.
And of honor. And of the ache that solely human loss can elicit.
It was a morning of glowing sunshine and gentle temperatures for the Memorial Day service within the Veterans Backyard at Yadkin County Park. Greater than 125 folks turned out to honor the fallen hailing from Yadkin County, whose 300 names have been learn on the conclusion of the service.
Civil Conflict: Harvey Adams, A.T. Autaway, G.W. Atwood, J.C. Atwood, William W. Angell, William C. Adams, William H. Apperson, F.J. Blalock, G. Greene Bovender, A. Brown and 213 different fallen troopers … Spanish American Conflict: Clinton Bryant. World Conflict I: Clyde Fletcher, Walter Hutchens, Albert Macy, Augburn Martin, Will Myers, Risden S. Parks, William M. Phillips, Beaver T. Rupard, Charles A. Speas and Minor M. Vestol.
World Conflict II veteran and U.S. Coast Guard Electrician’s Mate First Class Jim Gant, 91, carried the Coast Guard colours and was the goal of a gentle stream of attendees following the ceremony.
“Thanks to your service,” Gayle Brown, of Hamptonville, instructed him as she reached out and clasped his hand.
Gant, of Ronda, served throughout the finish of the second World Conflict serving to to rebuild — on the time — prime secret radio-based navigations referred to as the Loran system. Loran stations have been the precursors to trendy GPS. He additionally helped clear up bombs at Iwo Jima.
“I by no means fired a shot, however I carried a gun and I acquired shot at,” Gant stated.
World Conflict II: Gaither O. Adams, Vance Adams, William A. Banks, Rex V. Boyd, John W. Chambers, Spencer Campbell, Harrison W. Cheek, John Thomas Davis, Bobby Dobbins, Alfonzo Dickerson Jr., and 45 different fallen troopers … Korean Conflict: William G. Bell, Enog G. Crowe, Johnson Corridor and Floyd W. Martin Jr.
David Shore instructed the story of a 19-year-old from Connecticut who was killed within the Gulf Conflict. In a letter written for her household ought to she die in fight, she stated, “I didn’t come right here to be a hero.”
Shore stated she, like different fallen troopers, didn’t die in useless and alluded to the inherent battle of sacrificing human life throughout the wrestle to attain the objectives of warfare. He reminded the viewers that wars are unpopular.
“We must always at all times keep in mind the selections that result in warfare are these of policymakers” and never of veterans, he stated.
“We’re right here at this time to honor all of our fallen heroes,” Shore continued. “Conflict is commonly not the very best coverage, however the heroes that warfare produced are sometimes the very best of America.”
Vietnam Conflict: Jerry Ford, Richard G. Joyce, Francis J. Pruitt, Jack Sizemore Sr., David Shaffner and Larry W. Hutchens. Gulf Conflict: Daniel Freeman Swaim.