Memorial Day event honors sacrifice

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Canton’s new mayor Lou Ann Everett, Brigadier General Howard N. Palmer, Jr., Commander, Army Componet Command Texas State Guard, a 21-gun salute and an airplane flyover are all part of the Memorial Day program planned for 10 a.m. Monday, May 25, at the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Plaza in Canton.

Everett will serve as mistress of ceremonies for the event that will also include presentation of the colors by the East Texas Stampede 4H Equestrian team.

“Last year we were all treated to a missing man, three-plane flyover, much to everyone's delight. So, this year, four local area private planes will be in the air again for all to see as they fly over,” said Diane Farmer, Veterans Memorial public relations chairman.

Pastor Dan Torina of Grace Fellowship Church will lead the opening prayer and M/Sgt Bob Borth, USAF Ret. will read “The Veteran.”

Lt. Colonel Field McConnell, Retired USAF, with 1st Sgt. Mark “Omar” Bradley, US Army, Retired, will read the names of the Van Zandt County residents killed in action.

Van Zandt County Judge, Don Kirkpatrick will make closing remarks.

Some chairs will be provided, but organizers said those attending should plan on bringing their own lawn chairs to insure seating. Do not park on the grass and we look forward to seeing everyone there to Honor/Remember Our Veterans.

The National Anthem will be sung by Barbara Cooper and the flag will be raised by the 19th Regiment of the Texas State Guard.

Ridge Taylor will play “Taps.”

A 21-gun salute will be performed by the Canton Police Honor Guard and members of the 19th Regiment of the Texas State Guard.

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