Retired Col. speaks at Southview
Published 11:34 am Wednesday, May 27, 2015
A host of community representatives were present on Monday to attend the annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Southview Cemetery, sponsored by the cemetery’s committee.
Felecia Briggs, president of the committee, served as the mistress of ceremony. After the posting on colors by the Franklin honor guard, veteran Jesse Chambliss gave the invocation. A moment of silence for fallen and decreased military members and committee members followed the invocation. Musical selections were given by Minister Blaine Britt on his trumpet. Committee member Melissa Mabry next read a poem.
Felecia Briggs introduced the keynote speaker of the day, Retired U.S. Army Col. Regina Haley-Grant, a former resident of Franklin who now is employed by the federal government as the director of installation services at the Defense Supply Center, Richmond. During her inspiring address, she spoke of the importance of men and women who have served this country during all wars that allow us to have the freedom of our American way of life.
She read during her address a poem, “They Did Their Share.” The program closed by allowing those in attendance to stand and give names of family members who have served or are serving in the military and for those that have been called from labor to rest.