Over 100 people gathered in the mid-day warmth at Laurel Grove South Cemetery on last Monday, May 29, 2017 as William P. Jordan Post 500 held their 2017 Memorial Day Commemoration Program.
Post 500 Commander G. John Parker delivered the welcome and introduced the guest speaker, First District Alderman Van R. Johnson, II.
In his speech, Johnson reminded the attendees about the purpose of the Memorial Day celebration.
“You must be faithful” is how Johnson described the individuals who serve our country in the armed forces.
“All gave some, but some gave all” is how Johnson concluded his speech.
Post 500 Chaplain James Putney presented Alderman Johnson with a plaque recognizing him for his community service. Chatham County Chairman Al Scott presented Commander Parker with the Chatham County Armed Forces Medallion and will make one available for each Post 500 member.
Post 500 Commander Parker and First District Auxiliary President Sabrina Putney performed the laying of the wreath followed by a Twenty-One Gun Salute by the 386 Military Police Battalion (US Army) and taps were played.
Dave Richards was among those recognized as World War II veterans. Korean, Vietnam and other war veterans were recognized. Savannah High School Chorus rendered opening and closing selections.