Monday, April 15, 2024

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County’s Memorial Day tribute

Patriots from every corner of Alamance County converged on the county’s war memorial in Graham on Monday to mark the annual observance of Memorial Day.

From poetry and prayer to a resonant rifle salute and the presentation of wreaths, this year’s event featured most of the mainstays of this annual commemoration.

The hour-long ceremony culminated with a roll call of 400-plus local vets who had passed away over the past year. Another poignant touch was a worn, 48-star flag

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that the Rev. Don Carter had planted near the podium. The flag, as Carter went on to explain, had been a gift of the late Curt Davis, a local veteran who had received the banner after his internment as a POW during the Second World War.

Monday’s event was also the first since 2019 to feature live instrumentation – which was provided, in this case, by students from both Western and Eastern high schools. Western’s band leader Michael Jefferson credited this rare collaboration to the attrition which COVID-19 has had on his own high school’s band, which has traditionally enjoyed a monopoly on the ceremony’s musical accompaniment.

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