Lions Club to honor fallen soldiers

Published 7:00 am Thursday, May 23, 2024

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The Greenville Lions Club is set to hold its annual Memorial Day event, “Remember Our Heroes,” on Monday, May 27, at the Greenville High School Auditorium. The event, featuring Sergeant First Class Nathaniel Foster as the keynote speaker, aims to honor those who have lost their lives in service to the country.

“This is a long-standing event to honor those who lost their lives in service,” said Greenville Lions Club President David Lovell. “If you’re in town, come by and bring your family. Bring your kids to help them understand how we have the freedoms we enjoy today.”

The program will begin with a welcome from Lion David Lovell, followed by an invocation by Charles Box. The JROTC will perform the posting of the colors and the pledge of allegiance, with April Lowery singing the National Anthem. Lion Hubert Little will be reading the salute to fallen heroes and the recognition of veterans. The playing of “Taps” will be performed by Lion Jim McGowin.

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Lions Club member Ricky Cargile emphasized the importance of both the long standing tradition and the importance of the message conveyed.

“This is our 21st year,” Cargile said. “It’s a way to give back to the community and honor the sacrifice of those who gave their life for our country.”

Sergeant First Class Nathaniel Foster, who retired in April 2022 after 20 years of service in both active duty and the National Guard, will be the featured speaker. Raised in Greenville and a graduate of Fort Dale Academy, Foster participated in the invasion of Iraq (OIF I) and was also deployed during OIF III. Currently residing in Seminole, he works for the Department of Conservation in the Marine Resources Division. Foster says he will be sharing not only his personal military experience but will also highlight tales of heroism and sacrifice.

“I want to do something different,” Foster said. “It’s a somber occasion but I don’t want it to just be sad and gory stories.”

The event will also include the singing of “God Bless America” by April Lowery and a “Walk of Honor” for all veterans. Charles Box will conclude the program with a benediction and blessing. Following the ceremony, lunch will be provided by Real Pit BBQ in the school cafeteria, and all attendees are welcome.

Sponsors for the event include Real Pit BBQ, Priester’s Retail, Match and Mix, and Jim McGowin.