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Gilchrist Honors and Remembers

A large number of citizens gathered at the Gilchrist County Memorial Courtyard on Monday to take part in the Annual Memorial Day Remembrance ceremony.

Mr. Ted Henley of the Marine Corps League gave the invocation.

The Bell High School JROTC students presented the colors, and Christie McElroy sang the National Anthem for those who had gather to honor with grateful hearts those who died in war.

Mr. Jim Mash, Gilchrist County  Veterans Service Officer, welcomed those who gathered and later requested the help of citizens throughout the area to raise funds to install a World War I monument. This is a project that was started back in 2011 by the Gilchrist County Historical Society.

The Memorial Courtyard currently has monuments representing the Civil War, WWII, Korean Conflict, Vietnam War, and the Persian Gulf  War. But, sadly there is no monument to those who served in WWI. Mash said he hopes to have $35,000 raised by November 11, which is Veterans Day for the monument.

The JROTC performed a moving flag folding ceremony and a wreath was laid at each monument in the courtyard.  The Day of Remembrance ended with the playing of Taps.

In remembrance to those who paid the ultimate price for their country, John 15:13 reads, “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.”