The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Patriots Remember Fallen Heroes, Memorials Dedicated

-by Susan Galbraith, The Quill

Several solemn ceremonies of rememberance were held throughout Henderson County over this Memorial Day weekend.

American Legion members were present at Rozetta, South Henderson, Stronghurst, Raritan, and Biggsville to salute their fallen heroes.

Monday morning, at 10:00 a.m., services were being conducted on a clear sunny day at the Biggsville Cemetery.

The Biggsville American Legion presented the color guard with Ray Shafer as commander.

Russell Liston presided over the service. As he recognized the 180 veterans, buried at the cemetery, the Boy Scouts from Troop #60 and their scout leader, Ray Shafer from Biggsville, placed flags on the Memorial wreath.

Earlier, the scouts had placed the 180 flags on the individual veterans graves from all previous wars, the Civil War up to the present.

In a brief tribute to veterans, Rev. Richard Johnson of the Biggsville Presbyterian Church reminded the audience of the men and women who gave their lives for our freedoms.

Joanne Hilligoss and Jadee Landers sang the Star Spangled Banner.

Taps was played by Michael Lewis on the trumpet, Michael Cook on the drums, and Chris Peterson on the trumpet as the echo.

The new flag pole was dedicated which had been given by the Biggsville American Legion and by a grant funded by the Walton Foundation.

A beautiful granite bench, that had been set on concrete by the flag pole, was dedicated to Dan Adair and Louise Thomas, given by their families and friends in memory of their loved ones.

All ages paid tribute to the Veterans at the Memorial Day's service Monday at the Biggsville Cemetery:a small thank you that means so much to the families of veterans.

In the far background, the American Legion color guards marching in to begin the Memorial service.

Linda Adair behind the memorial seat for her husband Dan and Louise Thomas.