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Memorial Day commemorated at Wake Forest Veterans Memorial

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WAKE FOREST — Wake Forest Memorial VFW Post 8466 conducted a Memorial Day ceremony on Monday at the Wake Forest Veterans Memorial on Heritage Club Avenue.

The ceremony was attended by more than 250 residents who braved the extreme heat to observe the posting and retirement of colors by the Wake Forest High School Junior ROTC color guard.

After an opening invocation provided by VFW chaplain James Dyer, and the National Anthem, sung by Jenny Wayne, all attendees voiced a resounding Pledge of Allegiance.

The recitation of “The Missing Man” ceremony followed.

Speakers included leaders of Wake Forest veteran and civic organizations. Commander Dave Martin led a brief acknowledgment of all living veterans attending the ceremony and the meaning of the sacrifice and patriotism exhibited during their tours of duty defending freedom.

Following a moment of silent prayer, Mayor Vivian Jones and Commander Martin placed a ceremonial wreath in front of the memorial, then “Taps” was echoed by Ron Anderson.

A benediction voiced by chaplain James Dyer wrapped up the ceremony, and closing remarks were given by the master of ceremony, Rich Heroux.

Flags were flown at half-staff until noon when they were raised to their normal height honoring fallen heroes.