The Micajah Pettaway Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution celebrated Memorial Day by laying a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Sunset Avenue.
The memorial was constructed by the VFW Post 2057 in 1983. Chapter members wanted to honor Vietnam Veterans and those Missing in Action by paying tribute to them and remembering what they achieved for our country and the incredible sacrifices that they made.
Regent Frankie Powell gave the welcome and remarks. The Pledge of Allegiance was led by Vice RegenLinda Shepherd. Students and teacher Mike Bartholomew of the agriculture class at Southern Nash, planted Star Gladiolus. These plants were added to roses and day lilies already planted Noah Reynolds, Lorezo Ayala and Corey Reynolds of the Southern Nash JROTC, led by retired U.S. Air Force Chief Scott Wedding, laid the wreath at the memorial.
Every year a day is observed to honor those who died for our freedom, Memorial Day. Most people think of Memorial Day as a day of swimming and barbeques, but it’s much more important than that. The purpose of the original “Decoration Day,” as it was called in 1868, was to decorate the graves of the men who died during the Civil War.
The chapter on May 19 remembered those men and women who served during the Vietnam War with much patriotism and honor. They did their duty and persevered though some of the most brutal conditions ever faced by Americans in war. The suffocating heat, the drenching monsoon rains and an enemy that could come out of nowhere and vanish just as quickly. They experienced some of the most intense combat in history and battles for a single hill that could rage for weeks. Americans are deeply grateful for the service of these men and women who served our country.
U.S. Army Sgt. First Class Darrell Johnson is only one such soldier. He was a 1965 graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High.
He joined the Army and was transferred to Vietnam. He was lost in South Vietnam in January 1968 and in 1979, he was listed as Mission in Action. He was 32.
The members of the Micajah Pettaway Chapter remember Darrell and all the Vietnam veterans.
The DAR has a long tradition of serving and honoring those who have given their lives and their efforts in the preservation of freedom. Everyone should resolve to take care of our veterans as well as they’ve taken care of us. Please don’t forget about Darrell and the other veterans of this war.
The service was followed with a benediction which was given by Chaplain Priss Sykes.