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Flashback: Annual Pike County Memorial Day Observance

ZEBULON - On Monday, 31 May 2021, the Pike County American Legion Family hosted the Pike County annual Memorial Day Observance Parade and Program at the south side of the Pike County Courthouse Square in Zebulon, Georgia. A Memorial Day program was held on the square following the parade.

"The Memorial Day Program provided the community the opportunity to reflect on those service members who have died defending our great American freedoms, as well as recognizing those Veterans associated with Pike County who have died since the previous Memorial Day 2020," said Post Commander Bryan Richardson. The theme of this year’s Program was “The History and Meaning of Memorial Day.”

Highlights of the program included opening Prayer, the posting of the Colors, National Anthem, POW/MIA tribute, Memorial Day remarks, a tribute to Pike County Veterans who passed away since last Memorial Day, posting of the wreath at the Pike County Veterans Memorial, moment of silence, Taps, and a closing prayer.

The parade was organized by Steven Yerkes. Remarks were given by Post 197 Commander Bryan Richardson, and opening prayer by Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 197 Chaplain Bart Brock, Posting of the Colors by American Legion and U.S. Army Multi-organization Color Guard, the National Anthem sung by Millie Smith, and there was a POW/MIA Tribute by Sons of American Legion, Squadron 197, Commander Billy Payton.

Memorial Day Remarks on the “History and Meaning of Memorial Day” were given by Commander Richardson, a Tribute was given to honor Fallen Pike County Veterans by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 197 President Peggi Payton and Junior’s President Willa Payton, and Legion Auxiliary Unit 197 Chaplain Barbara Jeffreys gave the closing prayer.

State Representative Beth Camp and TBD Recruiting Command assisted by American Legion/U.S. Army Honor Guard layed the wreath at the Memorial.

37 Pike County Veterans have passed away since last year's Memorial Day. Each member was called by name:
John T. Millwood - Navy - 21 May
Marion O. Gooden - Army - 29 May
Thomas M. Brown - Navy - 29 May
Bill H. Poston - Army - 30 May
Marley H. Lance - Navy - 3 June
Robert E. Kempson - Army - 5 June
William D. Allen, Jr. - Air Force - 30 July
James W. Lawrence - Navy - 25 August
Lawson J. Ison - Army - 12 September
Charles E. Johnson - Air Force - 24 October
Benny W. Thompson - Air Force - 4 November
Alfred L. Walker - Navy - 7 November
James Killingsworth - Navy - 8 November
Louis V. Dotson - Air Force - 22 November
James H. Stone, Sr. - Army - 7 December
Douglas T. Rounds - Air Force - 9 December
William R. Reedy - Army - 13 December
Ephron W. Yearwood - Army - 17 December
James R. Boswell - Navy - 21 December
Jimmie J. Garrett - Air Force - 23 December
Harold O. Jennings - Army - 11 January
Douglas M. Taylor - Air Force - 12 January
Billy J. Rogers - Navy - 16 January
Gordon A. Sheriff - Marines - 23 January
Orvis G. Haney - Navy - 6 February
Kenneth E. Web - Army - 17 February
Len H. Camp - Navy - 25 February
Douglas E. Jones - Army - 26 February
Jay S. Rogers - Air Force - 15 March
Wendall A. Golias - Air Force - 17 March
Don H. Thomas - Navy - 17 March
Charles G. West - Navy - 8 April
Richard A. Curtis - Navy - 14 April
Frank L. Bates - Air Force - 19 April
Richard L. Jett, Sr. - Army - 7 May
James M. McCurdy - Air Force - 10 May
and Robert Brown - Air Force - 28 May

Pike Post 197 American Legion provides several annual events to honor our veterans in Pike County.