The rainy forecast on Monday may have ruined a few family barbeques. But it didn’t discourage Alamance County’s War Memorial committee from forging ahead with its annual Memorial Day tribute in Graham.
Due to that morning’s muggy conditions, the committee relocated its annual commemoration from the street in front of the iconic memorial to one of the district courtrooms inside the nearby Judge J.B. Allen, Jr. Court House. Before entering the building, however, visitors like Bonne, Roger, and Rodney Smith paid their respects at the memorial, which was erected in 1992 to commemorate area residents who had fallen during this nation’s various armed conflicts.
Once inside, a packed house of veterans and other well wishers pressed through the scheduled program, which included an array of patriotic songs, the presentation of wreaths by various organizations, and the recognition of 293 local veterans who had passed away within the last year.
The ceremony ended with a rifle salute outside the building, followed by a performance of taps by Landon Crockford.
Among those presenting wreaths to honor Alamance County’s war dead were (see photos below):
American Legion Post 63 & Auxiliary, Burlington
American Legion Post 95, Mebane
American Legion Post 305, Snow Camp
American Legion Post 427, Haw River
VFW Post 2972 & Auxiliary, Gibsonville
VFW Post 10607 & Auxiliary, Burlington
United Daughters of the Confederacy, Chapter 944, Graham