Reverend Manual Holmes provided words of comfort during the ceremony on Saturday at the Yanceyville Town Pavilion.

Mother nature tried to postpone the Sgt. Colby Richmond Memorial, but rain clouds parted Saturday morning at the town pavilion in Yanceyville, so that this special soldier could be honored.

Sgt. Richmond, a native son and resident of Providence. NC, graduated from local schools, Bartlett Yancey High School and Piedmont Community College. After enlisting in the United States Army, he was stationed and soldered in Afghanistan where an enemy IED exploded, hitting his vehicle and inflicting mortal wounds. The year was 2011 and I certainly remember when his family designed a large memorial for him on their property fence facing Highway 86. It was and still is a beautiful tribute to his bravery and sacrifice.

For the fifth consecutive year, local American Legion Post 210 organized the event, which included the NC American Legion Riders and a Gospel Music Festival at Camp Springs Bluegrass Park in Elon.

“We really couldn’t even hold this event if it wasn’t for the generosity of all our local sponsors,” said Post Commander, Turner Totten, recovering from treatments at Duke Hospital. Totten’s wife, Naomi, directed the one-hour event that went over trouble-free with inspirational speech and patriotic song.

The Call to Order was proclaimed by 1st Vice Commander Joe Jones and the Presentation of Colors was attended to by 2nd Vice Commander Steve Turner. The “Star Spangled