Veterans Day Wreath Ceremony Held

Thursday, November 19, 2015
Veterans Day was observed Wednesday, Nov. 11 with the traditional wreath ceremony at the Clay County Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the courthouse. Placing the wreath this year were, from left: VFW Post #4517 Commander Steve Tate, VFW Post #4517 Auxiliary President Pam Wayer and American Legion Post #38 Commander Norman Collins,. The ceremony also included remarks from the presenters and local dignitaries, and a stirring rendition of "Taps" by Avery Little of the PHS Marching Mohawk Band.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Several dozen veterans, community leaders and family members gathered on the east lawn of the Clay County courthouse in Piggott on Wednesday, Nov. 11, as Veteran's Day was observed. In keeping with the longstanding tradition, a wreath was placed at the Clay County Veteran's Memorial in remembrance of those who served, and those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Once again this year the observance was hosted by the Piggott American Legion and VFW posts, and their auxiliaries. The organizations also hosted an open house at the War Memorial Building in Piggott, both prior to and following the wreath ceremony. During the morning hours veterans, and their families, were invited to stop by for coffee and donuts. And, following the wreath ceremony, a meal of chili or barbecue was served with all the trimmings.

Opening this year's wreath ceremony with a word of prayer was Brother Charles Richardson, of Hitt's Chapel Church. He recalled the writings of John, noting "greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one's life for his friends."

Avery Little, of the Marching Mohawk Band, played "Taps" for the annual Veteran's Day ceremony, continuing a longstanding tradition for the PHS band.(TD photo/Tim Blair)

Afterward, VFW Post Commander Steve Tate welcomed those on hand, and introduced the various speakers. Comments were offered by American Legion Post Commander Norman Collins, Clay County Sheriff Terry Miller, County Judge Gary Howell, Piggott Mayor Jim Poole and Jim Largent, of Paragould, the district commander for the American Legion.

Tate, Collins and VFW Auxiliary President Pam Wayer then placed the ceremonial wreath, and PHS Marching Mohawk band member Avery Little played a stirring rendition of "Taps."

The Veteran's Day observance is held traditionally at the 11th hour, of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year to coincide with the end of hostilities in World War I in 1918.

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