Veterans Day service honors local Vets

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The Town of Williamston and the Palmetto High School AFJROTC unit held a Veterans Day service to recognize local veterans and honor those who gave their lives in service to the country. Palmetto AFJROTC Cadet Colonel McKenzie Heatherly read the names of veterans of World War I, Word War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Afghanistan that are listed on the veterans memorial.

Laying of the memorial wreath was conducted by Palmetto High AFJROTC Cadets Jake Young, Andrew Cole and Kirsten LeCroy. Mayor Mack Durham, and Councilmen Tony Hagood, David Harvell and Otis Scott also participated.

The program included presentation of colors by the Palmetto High School AFJROTC Color Guard, playing of the National Anthem and Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Williamston Mayor Mack Durham was the guest speaker.

The service included recognition of each branch of service with a medley of service anthems.

Included are:

WORLD WAR I

Julian W. Crawford, James M. Crow, John Dean, William H. Harrison, James O. Kirby, Major Lindley, Jay Mahaffey, James L. McClellion, James L. Morgan, Paul E. Ragsdale, Willie Scott, John E. Young.

WORLD WAR II

James H. Autry, John F. Allen, Tommy M. Bell, Johnny F. Beacham, Wayne C. Baker, Jack Bannister, Grady H. Canup,Fred B. Carter, Thomas D. Clardy, Clarence D. Crawford, S. H. Crawford, Noah Davis, Clinton Dean, Grady M. Dunlap, Roy Eskew, John S. golden, Sam B. Heller, James E. Hunter.

Also James A. Hunter, C. L. Hiott, Erin E. Kay, Myron Martin, John D. McBreaty, James F. McCoy, John F. Myers, John W. Phillips, Floyd R. Rogers, Randolph C. Rogers, Harold Ross, Roy S. Smith, Gordan P. Stone, James W. Walls, Carl J. Williams, Homer Williams, Robert Williams, Nicholas L. Woods, William D. Watkins.

KOREA

Wallace Creamer, Joe E. Neely, Gordon R. Stanton, Leonard Thompson Jr., Melvin C. Mauldin Jr., James W. Blackmon.

VIETNAM

Albert E. Creamer, Johnny J. Cureton, Jr., David L. Ginn, William R. Lawless Jr., Melvin C. Mauldin, Jr., James W. Blackmon.

AFGHANISTON

Nicholas J. Alden, Justin M. Whitmire.

Following the reading of the names, there was a moment of silence and playing of Taps.

Benediction was offered by Pastor Robby Robinson and concluding remarks by Mayor Durham and Police Chief Tony Taylor.