The annual Memorial Day program was held at the Caswell County Civic Center in Yanceyville on Monday, May 27. The program was created over 20 years ago as a way to honor the fallen.
This year, Fred Smith Commander of VFW Post 7316 gave the opening remarks and Pastor Claude Walker said the opening prayer, followed by the National Anthem sung by Paulette Tate.
A poem was read by Jeannine Everidge in memory of Margaret Smith. The Caswell County Senior Clef Choir sung patriotic songs for the program.
Smith said the program offered patriotic music, videos, and a guest speaker.
“It’s just a way to show our thanks and gratitude,” Smith said. “This year the guest speaker was retired Captain John H. Cocowitch, I think what he said was good.”
He said about 150 to 200 people showed up to the Memorial Day program and wishes more folks would come out.
“There’s so many people at the lake or beach or doing other things, it’s hard to get the younger generation involved,” Smith explained. “I think some of them forget the freedoms they have and how we got them.”
Smith said he wishes more people would take time on Memorial Day to remember those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.
“It’s not that hard to take a few hours out of your day to show gratitude to the fallen,” he said. Caswell County has a lot of soldiers who died on foreign soil and it is important to remember that.”
Smith said the program is a way for the community and veterans to come together.
“It doesn’t matter what branch of the military we are, there’s a brotherhood there,” Smith said. “This is how we remember our fallen brothers.”
United States Army Vietnam veteran Charles Woodson gave the closing prayer and
the VFW Post 7316 played Taps, a song traditionally played at military funerals by the United States Armed Forces.