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Memorial Day to be observed

RADFORD – Radford’s annual Memorial Day services will highlight a band rendition of “Amazing Grace,” the traditional 21-gun salute, the commander of the Radford Arsenal, and a special dedication of new trees in the Veterans’ Memorial Garden, as the city presents its ninth annual ceremonies honoring those who served and lost their lives in past wars.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the gazebo in Bisset Park, with posting of the colors by the area’s Vietnam veterans.
As a special part of the services, there will be a dedication of the newly planted replacement trees in the Veterans’ Memorial Garden, which pays tribute to those lost in past wars. Some months ago, vandals cut down four of the trees planted each Memorial Day over the past several years. The vandalism still has officials stymied, but local VFW Post 776, Vietnam Veterans and American Legion Post 30 moved quickly to plant new trees. The Radford Fire Department, Radford Fraternal Order of Police, and the Radford Professional and Business Women donated funds for the new trees. Gary Harris, Post 776 commander, will host the dedication portion of the day’s events.
The featured speaker, Lt. Col. Jon Drushal, commander of Radford Army Ammunition Plant, will be introduced by State Delegate David Nutter.
Dana Jackson, U.S. Navy retired, and commander of American Legion Post 30, will read the 60 names of Radford military service members who died in World War I, World War II and Vietnam.
Music features the Radford High School band, directed by Daniel Frankenberger, playing a medley of armed services tunes. The band’s rendition of “Amazing Grace,” will be followed by a 21-gun salute by members of VFW Post 776. “Taps” will be played by Gary Jackson, LTC, U.S. Army retired.
Radford mayor Thomas Starnes will welcome the assembly, with the invocation by the Rev. Paul Lane, pastor of First Baptist Church, Radford. Area country and gospel performer Eddie Richards will sing the National Anthem.
The weekend begins with the placing of hundreds of American flags at the city end of Memorial Bridge at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It is an annual fund-raising project of Fairlawn-Radford Ruritan, with each flag representing an honor to a past military person by family or friends. The display will remain on view until May 27.
Those wishing to place a flag should contact Tereba Bott at 674-6389 evenings.
Photos and a printed list honored veterans who died in war are also part of the event and are in a display adjacent to the gazebo.
Attendees will receive miniature flags from Woodmen of the World, Lodges 14. ATK Ammunition and Energetics, in association with the commander’s office at the Arsenal, provides the printed program for the ceremonies.
Those assisting with the event include Radford Parks and Recreation, City of Radford, and the RHS Music Department.
Major sponsors for the annual activities are The Southwest Times, VFW Post 776, American Legion Post 30, Vietnam Veterans, Fairlawn-Radford Ruritan, and the Citizen Memorial Day Committee.
Emcee for the program is Bob Thomas, retired media professional from Radford.
The service is open and free to the public.
For more information, contact Thomas at 540-633-0081.

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Memorial Day to be observed

RADFORD – Radford’s annual Memorial Day services will highlight a band rendition of “Amazing Grace,” the traditional 21-gun salute, the commander of the Radford Arsenal, and a special dedication of new trees in the Veterans’ Memorial Garden, as the city presents its ninth annual ceremonies honoring those who served and lost their lives in past wars.
Activities begin at 11 a.m. Monday, May 26, at the gazebo in Bisset Park, with posting of the colors by the area’s Vietnam veterans.
As a special part of the services, there will be a dedication of the newly planted replacement trees in the Veterans’ Memorial Garden, which pays tribute to those lost in past wars. Some months ago, vandals cut down four of the trees planted each Memorial Day over the past several years. The vandalism still has officials stymied, but local VFW Post 776, Vietnam Veterans and American Legion Post 30 moved quickly to plant new trees. The Radford Fire Department, Radford Fraternal Order of Police, and the Radford Professional and Business Women donated funds for the new trees. Gary Harris, Post 776 commander, will host the dedication portion of the day’s events.
The featured speaker, Lt. Col. Jon Drushal, commander of Radford Army Ammunition Plant, will be introduced by State Delegate David Nutter.
Dana Jackson, U.S. Navy retired, and commander of American Legion Post 30, will read the 60 names of Radford military service members who died in World War I, World War II and Vietnam.
Music features the Radford High School band, directed by Daniel Frankenberger, playing a medley of armed services tunes. The band’s rendition of “Amazing Grace,” will be followed by a 21-gun salute by members of VFW Post 776. “Taps” will be played by Gary Jackson, LTC, U.S. Army retired.
Radford mayor Thomas Starnes will welcome the assembly, with the invocation by the Rev. Paul Lane, pastor of First Baptist Church, Radford. Area country and gospel performer Eddie Richards will sing the National Anthem.
The weekend begins with the placing of hundreds of American flags at the city end of Memorial Bridge at 5:30 p.m. Friday. It is an annual fund-raising project of Fairlawn-Radford Ruritan, with each flag representing an honor to a past military person by family or friends. The display will remain on view until May 27.
Those wishing to place a flag should contact Tereba Bott at 674-6389 evenings.
Photos and a printed list honored veterans who died in war are also part of the event and are in a display adjacent to the gazebo.
Attendees will receive miniature flags from Woodmen of the World, Lodges 14. ATK Ammunition and Energetics, in association with the commander’s office at the Arsenal, provides the printed program for the ceremonies.
Those assisting with the event include Radford Parks and Recreation, City of Radford, and the RHS Music Department.
Major sponsors for the annual activities are The Southwest Times, VFW Post 776, American Legion Post 30, Vietnam Veterans, Fairlawn-Radford Ruritan, and the Citizen Memorial Day Committee.
Emcee for the program is Bob Thomas, retired media professional from Radford.
The service is open and free to the public.
For more information, contact Thomas at 540-633-0081.

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