Boykins commemorates 100th Memorial Service
Published 9:42 am Wednesday, May 21, 2014
BOYKINS—Although American flags graced many tombstones at the Beechwood Cemetery in Boykins, the service on Sunday was not strictly about the men and women who have served the country.
“It’s for everybody, not just for veterans,” said Kitty Lassiter, a longtime town resident. “It’s to honor all, and to welcome all of our friends.”
Nonetheless, there was a patriotic feel to the ceremony as Boykins observed its 100th Memorial Service.
In addition to singing the national anthem and reciting the pledge of allegiance, there was a posting of the colors, led by Al Briggs and Norman Lee, both members of the American Legion Post 276. Blaine Britt performed on his trumpet and the Community Chorus sang hymns.
The Rev. Raymond Bunn, pastor of Boykins Baptist Church, distributed certificates of appreciation to all veterans who attended the afternoon program.
Guest speaker for the occasion was Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA). He recalled an occasion of getting veterans to see the WWII memorial in Washington, D.C. Forbes also remembered having to speak at the funeral of a 19-year-old who died in combat. He had an American flag tattooed on one arm, and Family on the other.
“We have no backstop for freedom in the world,” he said. “Thank you for 100 years of standing up for them. You won’t forget them.”