These Bronze Plaque and Oral History projects lead up to and culminate each year at a ceremony on Sunday prior to observances by civic clubs and veterans organizations held annually on National Memorial Day on Monday.
For the week proceeding this ceremony one hundred and fifty five flags are flown at the local Park at Sixth – each one representing one KIA from this country killed since WWI. When displayed together in this way it is a stark reminder to our local citizens of the magnitude of the families’ loss and ours.
The Sunday ceremony, held at the Griffin Auditorium on 234 East Taylor Street, focuses primarily on recognizing and telling the individual stories of local KIAs being honored with plaques as well as the KIAs statewide those families have participated in the oral history project in the previous year.
Additionally in an inspiring performance the Griffin-Spalding County School System’s children chorus sings with gusto popular patriotic songs. In the future, the program will be expanded to include prominent speakers, local tours, lectures, etc.
This ceremony is opened in dramatic fashion by a color guard made up of local R.O.T.C. students and closed with a bugle rendition of taps.
All programs and events are done in a suitably dignified manner that benefits the circumstances of the occasion.
Below are some of the images from the beautiful ceremony that was held. We eternally pay thanks to the families whose sacrifices kept our country safe.