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Memorial Day Services Held in Memphis

Written by on May 31, 2022

SCR-1 Band

That’s the Scotland County R-1 Marching Band performing a patriotic medley to kick off the 2022 Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the VFW Memorial Day service in Memphis.  The service took place at 10 am on the southwest corner of the Scotland County courthouse square.  Program Chairman Donnie Middleton welcomed the crowd to the service and explained why the community observes this occasion.

SCR-1 Band

Donnie Middleton Welcome

After a wreath laying ceremony by Floyd C. Baker and Post Commander Chuck Ward, the crowd was led in the Pledge of Allegiance by Bill Camp.

Wallace W. Gillespie Memorial Post #4958 of the VFW Commander Chuck Ward and Floyd C. Baker Place a Memorial Wreath

Bill Camp Pledge of Allegiance

Following the invocation by Pastor Leon Buford of the Pentecostal Church, a Vietnam veteran and purple heart recipient himself, the Scotland County R-1 Marching Band performed the National Anthem.  The Memphis Community Players then presented a musical tribute piece.

Memphis Community Players

A familiar face in Scotland County was on hand for the morning’s cermonies.  Retired 1st Circuit Judge Gary Dial introduced Mr. Charles “Chick” Downing as the program’s speaker.

Gary Dial Introduction of Speaker

Mr. Downing had a tremendously emotional message for the crowd that focused on service, patriotism, civics, and above all, remembrance of those who gave all so that we might be free.

Charles “Chick” Downing Addresses the Crowd During Ceremonies in Memphis

Charles “Chick” Downing Keynote Address

Jamie Parker gave a powerful performance of “Sleep Soldier Boy” accompanied by Connie Courtney.  Pastor Leon Buford then gave the morning’s benediction before the program was concluded with the traditional playing of Taps with Scotland County R-1 band student and daughter of a Marine veteran Emma Harvey playing the lead and band instructor Mr. Nathaniel Orr playing the echo.

Taps Performed by Emma Harvey with Echo by Mr. Nathaniel Orr

Listen to the entire Memorial Day Service below:

Members of the Local VFW Post March the Colors into the Memorial Day Ceremony

Complete Memorial Day Service