Veterans honored on the square

Wednesday, May 30, 2007
Photos by Beth Leftwich Guest speaker Lee Bussart Bowles gave an emotional speech about what makes a hero and also read Lincoln's Gettysburg Address for the crowd, as JROTC member Taylor Gordon looks on.

American Legion Post 39 paid tribute to all of the Armed Forces on Monday with their annual Memorial Day salute at the Marshall County Courthouse.

Commander Edwin Scott presided over the ceremony that attracted about 150 residents of all ages and he commented that the event "had never had this many here before."

Members of the Eagleville Junior Reserve Office Training Corps presented the colors and Adrienne Carden of the Kids For Christ Choir from First United Methodist Church sang the National Anthem. Larry Hasty gave the opening and closing prayers.

Six Patriotic Singers, also part of the Kids For Christ Choir, under the direction of Debbie Winchell, sang a medley of all-American tunes.

Giving her definition of what makes a hero, local attorney Lee Bussart Bowles noted in her emotional and tearful speech that courage, ability, and opportunity "produce the kind of hero we are honoring today."

Bowles also thanked the large crowd for coming out to the ceremony because the heroes "could not be properly honored without you."

Wreaths were placed at each of the war memorials by the following organizations and veterans: American Legion Post 39 -- Bobby Bennett; Korean War -- Louis Simons; VFW Post 5109 Hundley Ford; Disabled Veterans -- Randy Arnold; Vietnam -- Rick Roberts and Tom Holt; Desert Storm -- Jerry Petty; and Post 39 Am Vets -- Howard Pinkston.

Commander Scott invited the group to lunch hosted by VFW Post 5109 following the ceremony.