2018-05-24 / Front Page

County Honors Fallen Monday

Memorial Day services at Union Cemetery, courthouse, elsewhere
By Lindsay R. Mellott STAFF WRITER

Lt. Col. Charles R. Burnett Lt. Col. Charles R. Burnett A lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army will give this year’s Memorial Day address at a 10 a.m. observance Monday at Union Cemetery in Ayr Township.

Lt. Col. Charles R. Burnett will speak at the morning service, which is the first of two planned jointly by Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 655 and American Legion Post 651. The second observance takes place at the county courthouse in McConnellsburg following the Union Cemetery service.

Currently a resident student at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Lt. Col. Burnett’s previous assignments have taken him to Italy, South Korea, Fort Bragg and Fort Hood, where he has served in various capacities. He is the recipient of numerous decorations and awards, including: the Bronze Star with two Oak Leaf Clusters, Meritorious Service Award with one Oak Leaf Cluster, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Valorous Unit Award, Army Superior Unit Award, Iraqi Campaign Medal with two stars, Global War on Terrorism-Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Expert Infantryman’s Badge, Ranger Tab and Master Parachutist’s Badge.

After Lt. Col. Burnett speaks, the VFW, American Legion, their auxiliaries and the Sons of the American Legion will present memorial wreaths; the decoration of veterans’ graves will take place; and the Fulton Honor Guard will salute departed comrades.

McConnellsburg High School Spartan Band will perform “Taps” and the national anthem and again later at the courthouse observance in Mc- Connellsburg, which begins around 11:30 a.m., following the decoration of veterans’ graves in cemeteries around town.

A presentation of memorial wreaths, a salute to departed comrades, remarks by VFW Cmdr. George C. Cutchall and prayers are planned for the courthouse service. Afterwards refreshments will be served at VFW Post 655, 524 East Poplar Street.

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service. A federal holiday, it was enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War and extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Memorial Day observances elsewhere

The 74th annual Memorial Day service takes place at Wells Valley United Methodist Church on May 28 at 11 a.m. Scheduled speaker is Merrill Arnold. A light luncheon will follow the service.

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