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Memorial Day, 2022

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TAYLORVILLE — The annual Memorial Day Ceremony was held at Oak Hill Cemetery yesterday, May 30. Gwen Diehl was Master of Ceremonies, and the Taylorville Municipal Band performed several patriotic selections under the direction of Chris Gunn. Beverly Walker, VFW Post 4495 Chaplain, gave the invocation and benediction. Recognition of patriotic organizations included: VFW Post 4495, VFW Auxiliary, VFW Riders, American Legion Post 73, American Legion Auxiliary, AmVets Post 29, Eagles and Eagles Auxiliary, WWII Veterans, Korean War Veterans, Viet Nam Veterans, Desert Storm Veterans, Bosnia Veterans, Operation Iraqi Freedom, Afghanistan Veterans, Survivors of Pearl Harbor, Navy Mothers Club, Gold Star Mothers, and Daughters of American Revolution. Pictured is guest speaker Richard Wiggins, sergeant in the United States Marine Corps from 1966-1971, who served in Vietnam. He is a Purple Heart Recipient after being injured in the Quant Tri Province, RVN. The event concluded with a salute by the Honor Guard that included members of the American Legion Post 73 and VFW Post 4495, along with the Sergeant of the Guard, Roger Schroyer. Wiggins expressed in his speech that “America without her soldiers would be like God without His angels.”

(Elyse Clayton/Breeze Courier Photo)

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