Boone Mall Hosts 7th Annual Memorial Day Observance on Monday, May 25
By Jesse Wood
The local chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will host its 7th annual Memorial Day observance the Boone Mall on Monday, May 25.
The ceremony commences at 10:30 a.m. with a medley of patriotic music by the Watauga Community Band, and the posting of the Military Colors will follow the playing of the national anthem by the band. This year’s guest speaker is retired U.S. Army Colonel Benjamin Covington.
In previous years, well over 400 guests have attended from around the High Country, and organizers expect a similar size audience next Monday.
In a letter inviting the Watauga County Board of Commissioners the event, High Country Chapter MOAA President Bob Gibbard noted the significance of the event:
“This day represents a day when we should all take time to reflect on those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of giving their lives for the freedom of others,” Gibbard wrote. “On this day we also support the families of our military personnel who have lost loved ones and who sacrificed silently over the years.”
Gibbard encourages those who have served or are currently serving to wear their service uniform.
The day’s program also includes service theme songs by the band, history and playing of taps and retiring of colors and closing remarks.
For more information, contact Gibbard at 828-262-3039.
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