This past Monday, members of the Lake Village community gathered together to honor those men and women who have died in the service to the nation. The service was held at Lakeside United Methodist Church.
The American Legion, W.T. Cokley Post 7, has taken on the responsibility of doing the service for several years. During most of this time, the services were held on the grounds of Lake Village Cemetery with the Legion taking responsibility for placing flags on the graves of all veterans interred there.
This year the Legion was honored with the placing of flags on three more cemeteries in Lake Village. After receiving permission from the pastors in charge of them, the Legion placed flags at New Cemetery just north of town, New Hope Church on St. Mary’s Street, and New Greenland Church on Lake hall Road.
W.T. Cokley Post 7 Commander Ken Lambert opened the service at Lake Village United Methodist followed by Pastor Alan Scarborough with the opening prayer.
During an inside service, it is customary to simulate bringing the flag to half-mast by lowering it and having a black ribbon tied to the top. Commander Rufus Thomas and Sergeant at Arms Jimmy Robinson of the American Legion Post 65 in Dermott were on hand to assist with this. They held the flag while World War II Navy veteran and Legion member Fiore Mazzanti and Gold Star Mother Margie Smith tied the ribbon to the top of the flag.
A Gold Star mother indicates that they lost a child in War. Smiths’ son was killed in Vietnam.
Legion Member Greg Pearson led the service in two songs, America The Beautiful and America. Pastor Buddy Ratliff of United Methodist Church spoke to the crowd about the meaning of Memorial Day and the responsibilities of Memorial Day.
Reed Breedlove spoke for a moment and sang an acapela rendition of In The Garden followed by the song, Letters From Home.
The service closed with a benediction by Pastor Glen McJoy of New Greenland Church.