Veterans onlook as Guilford Memorial Day program begins

Guilford’s Memorable Memorial Day

Another memorable Memorial Day occurred in Guilford on Monday, thanks to the Guilford Fire Department. With clear skies and warm temperatures the parade began at 8:00 am with the Bainbridge Guilford band leading the way. Veterans participated, some marching and some riding in cars taking seats provided for them in front of the podium. The Carry-On 4H and the Brownie Girl Scout clubs were followed by the Bainbridge and Guilford Fire Departments.
The ceremony began with an opening prayer by Reverand Peggi Eller of the Guilford Methodist Church. Paul Flores with his beautiful voice lead parade watchers in patriotic songs “America the Beautiful” and “The National Anthem”. BG student, Camile Hawkins recited the Gettysburg Address. Korean War Vet, Frank Ferguson recited the tragic “A Soldier Died Today” poem. The program included a speech by Wilma Felton-Gray honoring deceased veteran SSgt. Vicki Winsor Trinemeyer who was General Norman Swartshophs personal assistant during Desert Storm/Desert Shield.
Mary Ellen Parsons was totally surprised when her name was called by son Scott Parsons, being awarded Citizen of the Year 2010.
After the program at the park all were invited for a celebration at the Methodist Church to honor the veterans and the Citizen of the year. Refreshments were served and music played by DJ Scott Parsons was played while vets viewed the Veteran Posters displayed by the Guilford Historical Society (GHS). Among the veterans posters was a special poster made for Michele Gray (Air Force and Army Reserves), who was chosen to participate in the Wreath Laying at the tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington DC, just 2 weeks ago. The celebration consisted of the recitation of the POW-MIA symbolism by Elaine Pikul. Betsy Murray was and is selling raffle tickets for blankets that proceeds go to the Handicapped Veterans Association. She also related the project that GHS has taken for two years to place wreaths on the cemeteries honoring the veterans buried in each. A musical photo show presentation was given by Sharon Donahe highlighting last years Memorial Day events. Vicki Winsor Trinemeyer’s family were presented with special albums prepared by GHS.
Thanks to the Bainbridge Guilford band and to all who participated including those who came to watch the parade. Thanks to the Guilford Fire Department, Guilford Historical Society and the Methodist Church ladies for making it a memorable Memorial Day. A special thanks to all who came, veterans and their families. We will not forget your sacrifices for our freedom.

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Barb. says ... on Friday, Jun 11 at 9:44 AM

Nice write up on Guilford's Memorial Day parade with activites!

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