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Small Crowd Gathers to Remember Fallen Soldiers

Daniel Prince

Two candidates with personal and family ties to the military attend

A small crowd of around 15 people gathered at the War Memorial at the corner of Main and Mountain streets Monday morning to remember those who lost their lives in combat. The ceremony was hosted by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 644. Annie Smith, who is running for Union County Council District 4, attended to pay her respects to the fallen heroes. One of them, her great-grandfather David Turner, was killed in World War I. His is one of the names on the memorial. Retired Lt. Col. Timika Wilson, who is running for Union County Supervisor, was also on hand to pay her respects to those who paid the ultimate sacrifice. She became emotional remembering her time as casualty assistance officer presenting flags to families of fallen heroes.

VVA Secretary/Treasurer Charles Lott talked about the importance of the holiday and lamented how it has become overlooked through the years in favor of cookouts and retail sales:

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Charles Lott on the importance of Memorial Day
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