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Ceremony to honor sacrifice of fallen heroes

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U.S. Marine Corps veteran Rick Thomason, left, and U.S. Navy veteran James Rocca hold flags on May 29, 2017, during the Memorial Day ceremony at the Rocky Mount Veterans Memorial at Jack Laughery Park.

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By PATRICK MASON
Staff Writer

Friday, May 25, 2018

The Joint Veterans Committee of Nash and Edgecombe Counties on Monday will host a Memorial Day ceremony.

The event will begin at 11 a.m. at the Rocky Mount Veterans Memorial at Jack Laughery Park and will feature a number of presentations throughout the ceremony.

Rocky Mount Councilman W.B. Bullock said the ceremony is a special dedication to those that gave their lives for this county.

“This is a national holiday where we are honoring all deceased veterans themselves, and we will also honor the families,” Bullock said. “We keep in mind that they are always in our thoughts, and Memorial Day is one of two times a year, along with Veterans Day, where we are sure to remember our veterans on a national stage.”

The ceremony will open with the entrance of the Nash Central NJROTC program. A U.S. flag flown over the U.S.S. Arizona memorial will be raised and lowered to the half-staff position following the entrance.

Sgt. Maj. Leo Nieves will be on hand to perform a prisoner of war and missing in action fallen comrades ceremony. Afterward, James Ervin will deliver a presentation on “The Chapel of The Four Chaplains.” Ervin is the chaplain of the Department of North Carolina American Legion.

Nash Central NJROTC students take over again with a ceremonial rifle salute, along with the playing of ‘Taps’ to close the ceremony.

People who plan to attend are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

“We want to be sure to offer our sincere thanks to families of the deceased as well as the deceased veterans,” Bullock said. “And this will make sure to do just that.”

In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will take place at American Legion Post 58 on North Church Street.

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