Annual Radford Memorial Day service features local luminaries

RadfordMemorial1-webBy SHANNON WATKINS


Virginia Congressman Morgan Griffith, Delegate Joseph Yost and RAAP Commander LTC Byron Penland will appear at the Fifteenth Annual Memorial Day Service at the gazebo in Radford’s Bisset Park on Monday, May 27 at 11 a.m., as part of the Radford Memorial Day weekend activities.

The service honors all veterans, as well as those currently serving our nation in all branches of armed service.

After their presentations, Dana Jackson, US Navy Ret. and Commander of American Legion Post 30 will read a list of Radford’s 59 members of the military who have lost their lives in previous wars. These names will also be displayed on the “Field of Crosses” arranged in military cemetery style in front of the gazebo.

The program also includes posting of the colors by the area’s Vietnam Veterans, to “To The Colors” played by bugler Gary Jackson, LTC, US Army Ret., a musical salute to America’s armed forces by the Radford High School Band, directed by Daniel Frankenberger, and the National Anthem by the RHS choir, directed by Lois Castonguay.

Radford Mayor Dr. Bruce Brown will welcome the assembly, with the invocation by Rev. Mike Honaker, a Marine Corps veteran as well as First Sgt. in charge of the Virginia State Police headquarters in Dublin.

The service will end with Piper Andrew Meeks playing “Amazing Grace” as he moves through the field of crosses, followed by a 21-gun salute by VFW Post 776 and “Taps” on the bugle by Jackson.

Attendees will receive miniature flags from Woodmen of the World, Lodge 14.  BAE Systems, contractor at the Arsenal, in association with the Commander’s office at the Arsenal, will provide the printed program for the ceremonies.

The weekend will begin with the placing of hundreds of American flags at the city end of Memorial Bridge on Friday evening by the Dublin-Radford Ruritan Club. Each flag will represent a person being honored by family or friends. The display will remain on view through Monday, May 27. Those wishing to place a flag should contact Tereba Bott in the evenings at (540) 674-6389.

Major sponsors for the annual activities are VFW Post 776, American Legion Post 30, The Radford News Journal, WRAD 1460 AM, Vietnam Veterans, Ruritan, and the Citizen Memorial Day Committee. Emcee for the program is Bob Thomas, retired media professional from Radford.

Those assisting with the event include Radford Parks and Recreation, City of Radford, the RHS Music Department, NRV Detachment of the Marine Corps League, VFW Post 776 Ladies Auxiliary, Girl Scout Troop 379, Sound by John Fox of “Music You Remember” and Mullins Funeral Home.


The service is free and open to the public. It will be broadcast live on WRAD, AM 1460, as a service to those unable to attend.

For more information, contact Thomas at 540-633-0081.

Posted on May 14, 2013



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