Rain couldn’t dampen Wilson’s patriotism on Memorial Day

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Thank you to The Wilson Times for another professional coverage of the city of Wilson Committee on Patriotism’s Memorial Day program. If not for your outstanding coverage, many of Wilson’s veterans who could not be in attendance would not be able to truly appreciate how the city of Wilson supports and thanks its veterans. Thank you; for your support of our veterans, we salute you.

I want to thank our mayor, who allowed the use of the city council chambers so that our program would not be rained out. Thank you, Mayor Rose, and thank you for that heartfelt welcome. To our lady behind the scenes, City Clerk Jamie Batts, you are wonderful and continue to amaze. You made the tough call to move indoors and if that wasn’t stepping out on faith, you asked to have the program broadcast live on TV. Jamie, I salute you. And I must thank the city’s communications department director, Ms. Rebecca Agner. Your staff made it happen. Thank you.

As for our many participants, you are the program and the reason for our success! We can’t thank you enough. Hearing on the weather reports for the week leading up to Monday how bad the weather was going to be on Memorial Day, many would have stayed home. You all, to a person, are great, and this veteran salutes you.

To our speaker Mrs. Mary Laraine “Larry” Young Hines, what an appropriate speech for Memorial Day. Many eyes were teary and many hearts were touched. God bless you.

Dr. Gayla C. Turk, you sang the national anthem beautifully, and to ask the audience to sing along — what a patriot! Ms. Erin Spencer, your Vinson-Bynum Elementary School Chorus was a joy, the song selections and presentations were moving and excellent. To our ladies who honored us with the presentation of the memorial wreath, thank you first lady of Wilson Mrs. Becky Rose and Miss Wilson Ms. Jerenae Raeford.

To our patriotic program regulars, you are super. Our taps player Mr. Jerry Howell did another great job. Our high school Junior ROTCs: Beddingfield, your posting of the colors was military, crisp and sharp — awesome. Fike and Hunt, the weather was the issue, yet your units represented well. The same goes for our Wilson County Veterans Honor Guard and Rifle Team.

We also thank the Legion Riders for showing up as well as our sound system provider, Kingdom Audio and Video. American Legion Post 13, we thank you for the catering of our refreshments. We thank the city of Wilson Print Services for our programs, and we thank the county of Wilson for our relief stations.

What good is a program without an audience? Thank you, veterans, citizens of Wilson, visitors and friends, we appreciate you for your attendance and support in helping us to show our appreciation and honor for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our great nation. May God continue to bless us all, and God bless America.

City of Wilson, once again, your dedicated Committee on Patriotism is City Councilman Logan T. Liles, James Arthur Faison, Debra Grover Deaton, F.T. Franks Jr., Morgan Dickerman III, Betty Jean Dixon, Jacqueline Y. Knight, Horace Goff, Edmund N. Costello, ex-officio member Eddie M. Price and E. Ray Chambers, chairman.

E. Ray Chambers