Community gathers for Memorial Day service

On Memorial Day morning, people gathered to honor the nation’s fallen soldiers, sailors, and aviators, at Veterans Memorial Park at Beacon Hill.

The John C. Gainous Veterans of Foreign Wars Post number 10069 hosted a service for those on the park’s lawn, shadowed by the park’s half mast flags.

Opening marks were offered by Brian Cahill, and colors were posted by the Port St. Joe High School JROTC Honor Guard.

Robert Ray led those gathered in the Pledge of Allegiance, Wess Kramer provided the divine blessing and seven year-old Paris Joy Sutherland sang the national anthem.

Then, the colors were retired, and General Logan’s General Order Number 11, the order declaring Memorial Day a national holiday, was read before the Trilogy was sung by Sharon Call.

Officers Robert Ray, Alan Wetzstein, Jeff Bushue, Brian Cahill and Natalie Dolan then adorned a memorial with flowers and greenery. Taps were played before the ceremony drew to a close.

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