Monday, June 17, 2024

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Memorial Day remembrance 2024 – held inside because of threatening weather


Menacing storm clouds ultimately forced local veterans and their supporters to take shelter indoors when they convened in downtown Graham on Monday for Alamance County’s annual Memorial Day tribute.

[Story continues below photos of Memorial Day program.]

Scenes from the Memorial Day program at J.B. Allen, Jr. Court House


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It was perhaps the third time in as many decades that weather prevented this yearly ceremony from taking place in front of the county’s war memorial, which occupies the lawn in front of the Judge J.B. Allen, Jr., Court House along West Elm Street. Yet, the event went off without a hitch despite the change of venue to the courthouse’s interior.

With the musical accompaniment of band members from Southeast High School, the ceremony featured its usual repertoire of prayers, poems, and patriotic melodies. There was also a procession of wreaths from various veterans’ organizations and a recitation of names in memory of the 272 former services members who had passed away over the last 12 months.

The ceremony even included a performance of “Taps” courtesy of Landon Crockford as well as a four gun salute that, fortunately for the audience, took place outside where it needn’t do battle with the building’s acoustics.

Trumpeter Landon Crockford played “Taps” as a part of the ceremony’s conclusion.
Band director Dillow Hatley directed the Southeast Alamance band, which provided patriotic tunes for the event.

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