Memorial Day 2017
These Bronze Plaque and Oral History projects lead up to and culminated each year at a ceremony on Sunday prior to Memorial Day. Observances by civic clubs and Veterans organizations were held on Monday, Memorial Day. These special ceremonies were held in 2015, 2016 and 2017 honoring the 157 men and women from Griffin and Spalding County who gave their lives for the freedoms we enjoy today. Honorees from WWI, WWII, The Korean War, The Vietnam War and the Global War on Terror were honored.
For the week proceeding this ceremony one hundred and fifty-seven flags are flown at the local Park at Sixth – each one representing one KIA 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 ceremonies, held at the Griffin Auditorium on 234 East Taylor Street, focused 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. Speakers for the events included: US Army General, William J. Livsey and Medal of Honor recipient, US Army Sgt., Sammy Lee Davis. Honorary Chairs for the events included: Tim Furlow and Tommie Lee.
This ceremony 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 were done in a suitably dignified manner that benefited 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.