Memorial Day plans in works

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, May 4, 2005

It’s been a little less than a year since the Greenville Lions Club hosted a Memorial Day ceremony to dedicate the new World War II memorial.

For many months leading up to that solemn moment, the group had worked to raise funds in order to create and maintain a special monument in honor of all those who served from the county.

Memorials for all the other wars existed in the city, but this was the first to specifically honor the veterans and casualties of WW II from both city and county.

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Today a large granite memorial proudly stands in front of city hall, a reminder of the efforts and sacrifices of &uot;the greatest generation.&uot;

That monument is now considered the property of the city, said Lion Club member Gene Hardin, who co-chaired of the memorial project.

&uot;We officially turned it over to the city last fall, since it is located on their property, however, (the Lions) agreed to jointly maintain the memorial with the city,&uot; explained Hardin .

However, The Greenville Lions aren’t out of the business of honoring and celebrating our men and women in uniform just yet.

This year, the club is planning a Memorial Day Celebration on Monday, May 30, beginning at approximately 10:30 a.m. in front of city hall.

The Lions hope to create a day filled with patriotic speeches, music, food and good fellowship for all involved, organizers say.

&uot;This is a day designed to honor all our veterans of all wars and conflicts…wreaths will be laid to remember those who died in every war,&uot; Hardin explained .

A &uot;ranking military person&uot; is slated to make the opening address at the celebration, one the Lions hope to make an annual event in the city, Hardin said .

A fly over of military aircraft is also scheduled to take place.

&uot;Several local bands and musicians have agreed to volunteer their talents for the day and will be performing both morning and afternoon," Hardin said.