BY JOSH PRESLEY
West Point will host a Memorial Day recognition program at noon May 30 upstairs at City Hall.
The program will be held on Friday instead of Monday in observance of the traditional Memorial Day May 30 date, according to West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday to create a convenient three-day weekend.
The program will feature a video with the name of each Clay County resident who has died in active military service scrolling on the screen and a light lunch will be served afterward.
Jones, a 30-year U.S. Army veteran and member of the Army Aviation Hall of Fame, said the program is about recognizing and remembering people from the community who were killed during military service or acts of combat.
â€śWe try to maintain records on those that died since World War I,â€ť Jones aid. â€śAll of them are inducted into the West Point Hall of Fame, and we give the families a plaque.â€ť
He said the program is meant to not only honor deceased soldiers, but stimulate patriotism in the community.
â€śFor the family members, it gives them a sense that the rest of us appreciate the service of their lost loved ones,â€ť he said. â€śPeople donâ€™t realize how much that impacts someoneâ€™s life to lose someone in the service.â€ť
He said the video will take about 18 minutes to run, and that any family members present can come forward when their loved oneâ€™s name appears on screen to receive a flag. The program typically has 100 or more people attend, and most of them stay around and visit afterward, Jones said.
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