Organizers, participants honored Memorial Day's heroes
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Again, I want to thank The Wilson Times for its professional coverage of the city of Wilson’s Memorial Day program. If not for your outstanding coverage, many of Wilson’s veterans who could not view the broadcast would not be able to truly appreciate how much the city of Wilson appreciates how our veterans who “gave all” for the defense of our great nation are truly honored and thanked for their ultimate sacrifice. Thank you for your excellent coverage of our program.
To the Honorable James M. Johnson, mayor pro-tem, thank you for doing the welcome. I believe that anyone viewing or hearing it truly felt a sincere welcome.
I also want to thank other city of Wilson staff for making it possible that we have a Memorial Day program even in the midst of this horrible COVID-19 pandemic: City Clerk Tonya West and staff; the communications department, especially communications coordinator Matt Shaw, whose coordination and assistance to the Wilson Committee on Patriotism was invaluable in the televising of our program; and Mr. Grant Roberson, video technician and operator, I can’t thank you enough. You are super. Thanks also to the city of Wilson print services; Ms. Jolyne Badger, graphics technician; and Mrs. Susan P. Will, printing technician, for the design and printing of our beautiful programs.
To our participants, you are the program and the reason for its success. Mayor Pro-tem Johnson, again, thank you, sir. Lt. Col. Thomas McCormick, thank you, sir. Your Memorial Day message was food for the spirit of all veterans and very informative for the citizens of Wilson. Truly, you confirmed why America has this holiday.
Ms. Nikia Dunn, you are a true professional. Although your musicians dropped out at the last minute, you were fantastic. Your angelic glow and that beautiful voice were amazing as you sung the national anthem, “God Bless the USA” and “America, the Beautiful” with the passion of a patriot. Truly soul-stirring.
Ms. Debra Deaton, vice chair of the Committee on Patriotism, you performed the POW/MIA ceremony and placement of the wreath with Ms. Dunn and read the program announcements. You are a pillar of the committee. Thank you, vice chair.
Mr. James Faison, committee chaplain, as always, you were gracious and God-fearing. To God be the glory. Thank you, chaplain. And Mr. Lenwood Ward, committee member, thank you for leading the Pledge of Allegiance and announcing our guest singer. You are a true professional.
We are especially appreciative to all who took the time to view our program to help us honor and remember our fallen heroes, those who gave all in our nation’s defense.
City of Wilson, your dedicated Committee on Patriotism: City Councilman Logan T. Liles, Edmund N. Costello, Morgan P. Dickerman III, Debra Grover Deaton, James Arthur Faison, F.T. Franks Jr., Horace Goff, Lenwood Ward, Ms. Joe-Seth Ruffin and myself.
Gone from our ranks: Mr. Eddie M. Price, founding chairman, and Ms. Jacqueline Y. Knight. May they rest in peace.
E. Ray Chambers
The writer is chairman of the Wilson Committee on Patriotism.
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