VFW 7764 and the Auxiliary laid out preliminary plans at their Monday, May 9, 2022, meeting for a short service to be carried out just before Sundown on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30) at the Tattnall County Veterans Memorial Park.
The program is about remembering those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their country as names of veterans killed in battle will be called out and the Tattnall County Liberty Bell will be rung once after every name. No Tattnall Countians died in the Middle Eastern Wars, but the Bell will be rung three times for those who died nationwide.
An Honor Guard made up of VFW members, Auxiliary, and members of Boy Scout Troop 930 will stand at attention and salute the fallen heroes of the 20th and 21st Century wars. The event will begin with a short history of Memorial Day
In other business officers for the VFW and Auxiliary were sworn in Monday night. For the Auxiliary, Joe Boyett is President; Casey Corbett, First Vice President; Hilda Bentley, Second Vice President; Sarah Boyett, Secretary; Susan Thomas, Treasurer; Linda Prince, Chaplain; Jonathon Evans, Conductor; Elaine Campbell, Sgt. at Arms; Carolyn Bragg, Third Year Trustee; Betty Akins, Second Year Trustee; Donna Boyett, First Year Trustee, Peggy Perkins, Patriot Historian.
VFW Officers include Ronnie McCall, Commander; Bobby Kennedy, Senior Vice Commander; Wayne Campbell, Junior Vice Commander; Ronnie Thomas, Quartermaster; William Prince, Chaplain; Don Bentley, First Year Trustee; Charles Taylor, Second Year Trustee; Bruce Sanders, Third Year Trustee; William (Billy) Morgan, Adjutant; Service Officer, Gina Hall, Dennis Williams, Judge Advocate; and Bill Kulick, Surgeon.
Cousins Bruce and Raymond Sanders recently returned from the Honor Flight to Washington, DC.
They travelled by coach to the capitol to visit the war monuments dedicated to veterans of those wars including Arlington National Cemetery. Monday night, Mac Brown of Metter, a retired Army veteran who was Bruce’s personal guardian, attended the meeting to talk about the tour and encourage veterans to apply for the all-expense paid trip.
“If you haven’t seen those monuments dedicated to those who served, you need to.” he said.
In particular he was talking to Vietnam Vets who are dying at a rate of 530 per day.
Mac was enthusiastically received by VFW members and the Auxiliary. A more detailed story of Bruce and Raymond’s trip is in the making along with a short history of the Honor Flight Program which will be available next week in The Journal Sentinel.
All business was completed and the meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m.