Dear Editor:

    The local American Legion and VFW are nearing final plans for this year’s Memorial Day ceremony.

    It is tradition to recognize and honor each Candler County veteran who passed away in the last year.

    Even if a Candler County veteran not residing in Candler County passed away in the last year, we still want to recognize and honor them.

    The local chapters are working hard to compile this list, but we really need the help of the community and family members to help us out so that no one is missed.

    Please contact Wood Funeral Home, Kennedy-Brannen Funeral Home, Kennedy Funeral Homes (Hooks Chapel), Whitaker Funeral Home or Hodges Funeral Home within the next week and the names will be collected prior to the May 25 service.

    This year’s ceremony will be held as usual beginning at 11 a.m. in the downtown park across from the Courthouse. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved indoors to The Anchor Worship Center on Eldridge Street in Metter.

    We are especially honored this year to have Col. (Ret.) Paul Longgrear as our guest speaker.

    Col. Longgrear is a highly decorated Vietnam veteran that continues to serve his country in countless ways, especially the many veterans of this country. And if you really want to know more about the Colonel, just ask his son, assistant Candler County School Superintendent Bubba Longgrear. He knows him pretty well.

    With the help of the community, friends and family members of our deceased veterans in the past year, we hope when the roll is called and flowers are presented to a family member, no deceased veteran will be overlooked this year.

    Mark your calendar for Monday, May 25, at 11 a.m. This is a time to recognize and honor all who gave some and some who gave all so we are able to enjoy the freedom we have today.

Glenn Deal

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