Honoring Fallen Heroes

Greenwood and Whiteland VFWs come together for Memorial Service Program

By Beth Wade

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Loretta Shonk, Ruby Robinson, Ginny Anthony, Juanita Emery & Mel Bullock
Loretta Shonk, Ruby Robinson, Ginny Anthony, Juanita Emery & Mel Bullock

The Greenwood and Whiteland Veterans of Foreign Wars and the Greenwood American Legion Posts sponsored the annual Memorial Service Program on Saturday, May 28.  The Greenwood/Whiteland Honor Guard and the Ladies Auxiliary presented an invocation, the setting of a wreath, rifle volley, and performed taps at five of Greenwood’s local cemeteries. The group began at Rock Lane Cemetery then made their way to Greenwood Cemetery, Mount Pleasant Cemetery, and The Gardens at Olive Branch before ending the morning at Forest Lawn.

This annual event has been happening for years under the watchful guard of Greenwood American Legion Post 252, The Greenwood VFW Post 5864, and Whiteland VFW Post 6978.

Paul Thompson plays Taps at Mount Pleasant
Paul Thompson plays Taps at Mount Pleasant

“I have no records of how long they have been providing cemetery services,” stated this year’s organizer Bob Tuttle, “but a logical guess would be that they started soon after the Post acquired their rifles.” The Greenwood American Legion Post was established in October of 1920 and obtained their first set of ceremonial rifles in 1948 and according to Tuttle “Our Post members have been honoring our veterans at gravesites, marching in parades, and performing flag raising ceremonies since.”

The Memorial Service honored those who served our nation. “We pause to remember the lives lost and the lives forever changed by war,” Dick Johnson stated in his invocation. “There is no greater demonstration of love than to lay down one’s life for another.” In the words spoken by Johnson, “May we be more vigilant in our love for others, for our nation and for the cause of freedom, justice and peace throughout the world.”