Memorial Day 2013
Friday, May 24, 2013. The Joseph N. Neel, Jr. American Legion Post 3 conducted a Benefit Dinner in support of the Wounded Warrior Project. This grand affair featured the Presentation of Colors by Boy Scouts from the Greater Bellview Baptist Church in Macon. An official Wounded Warrior Proclamation by the Honorable Sam Hart, Chairman of the Bibb County Commission and a presentation by the Post First Vice Commander which was a show entitled "Prisonner of War/Missing In Action Rememberance. Followed by a Dinner and then Entertainment by Stacy and Gena Cooper of Oolewah, Tennessee. Their show featured music from their "The Legends Tour" which was focused on patriotic songs.
Saturday, May 25, 2013. My Bride and I attended the Stratford Academy Commencement Exercises. During the ceremony the Academy presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to a Class of 1976 Graduate. Lt. Col. Jeffery B. Henderson, U. S. Army, gave his acceptance talk which consisted of bonding with class mates even after graduation. He briefly mentioned his experience when he was in an Army Hospital as a results of War Wounds when he had the staff contact one of his peers, a Doctor who was also a Stratford Graduate, for advice on how to handle a medical procedure.
Sunday, May 26, 2013. During our Worship Service the following U. S. Military were recognized:
Anthony (Tony) Bohling - U. S. Navy
Elizabeth (Liz) Bohling - U. S. Army
C.A. Buck - U. S. Coast Guard
Frank Crissey - U. S. Navy
Kim Leslie - U. S. Air Force
Mac McCrary - U. S. Army
Ned Myers - U. S. Army and U. S. Air Force
Clarence Riley - U. S. Navy
Alan Thiese - U. S. Navy
Bob Wells - U. S. Navy
Sunday Afternoon we attended a Cook Out to honor a recent High School Graduate on My Bride's side of the Family. She will be joining the U. S. Marines later this year.
Sunday Evening My Bride and I took the opportunity to watch the annual Memorial Day Concert from the grounds of the U. S. Capitol which was broadcast live on Public Television.
Monday, May 27, 2013. My Bride and I attended the Macon Cemetery Preservation Corporation Memorial Day Program at Macon's Historic Linwood Cemetery.
The program consisted of the Presentation of the Colors by the Bibb County Fire Department and the Westside High School Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps - U. S. Air Force and the performance of our National Anthem by Bibb County Commissioner Bert Bivins.
Guitarist Tommy New performed several selections, including "God Bless the U. S. A." after which U. S. Army Staff Sgt. Timothy S. Hamlin, a Macon Native, gave a very inspiring and emotional speech.
The Program was concluded by the performance of TAPS by Mr. Bill, President of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America.
Later this evening My Bride and I will visit friends for a Memorial Day Cookout. It has been a wonderful, appropriate Week End which focused on honoring our Nation's Heroes. Those who have gone on before us to protect our Freedoms and those who currently serve to insure that our Freedoms will be protected.
May God Continue
Bless the United States of America!!!