SPIVEY’S CORNER — Together, U.S. Air Force veterans Scott and Mary Jackson honored the sacrifices of fellow comrades by placing colorful flowers on the Blue Star Memorial.
“I think it’s a great thing that the American people honors those who have given their life one way or another,” Scott said after placing the wreath with his wife. “I’m glad that we remember them.”
The Just-A-Mere Garden Club hosted its Fourth Annual Memorial Day Ceremony at the Spivey’s Corner Volunteer Fire Department on Thursday. It’s purpose was to honor the service of veterans.
“I think it’s the very least thing we can do to honor those who laid down there lives for our country,” Mary said.
Scott grew up in Spivey’s Corner and Mary is originally from Antioch, Calif. The couple relocated to North Carolina and currently reside in Dunn. They did not see combat, but they showed gratitude for the soldiers who experienced horrors of war.
“I can’t complain about anything,” Scott said. “But for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice, their families and those who are severely wounded, the country need to do more for them.”
“We have the greatest of admiration,” Mary said. “We’re thankful for those who served before us.”
They’re also thankful for soldiers currently service. Their granddaughter Debbie Bock is one of them. Bock is serving in the U.S. Army and is currently stationed at The Pentagon, the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense. She’s preparing to travel to Germany.
Along with the Jacksons, many community members and organizations participated in the event. Some of them included Boy Scout Troop 55, presenters of the colors; American Legion Post 109, rifle volley; Rev. Ricky Warren, who gave the invocation and Logan Blackburn, who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Ashton Blackburn, Young Miss North Carolina sang “America, the Beautiful” and “God Bless America.” Taps were performed by John Roderick. Spivey’s Corner Woodmen of the World Chapter 1034 served ice cream and all branches of the military were recognized during a tribute.
“We are so honored to have our veterans here today,” said Betty Lee of the Just-A-Mere Garden Club. “Again, we thank you for all that you have done and the sacrifices that you have made to make our country a more safe place to live …”
Darryl Price, a Vietnam veteran , said it was his duty to serve in the Marine Corps.
“It’s a great honor, but a lot of people still don’t know what it’s all about,” Price said about the observance of Memorial Day.
He hopes students in schools are educated about fallen soldiers who died to protect the rights of Americans.
“People bleed and died for that right,” Price said.
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