Flag-raising service and memorial dedication set Saturday in Miller Grove

From Staff Reports

July 23, 2008 - A flag-raising and memorial dedication service will be held this Saturday, July 26, at 8:30 a.m. in Miller Grove Cemetery to honor the community's veterans.

The flagpole and memorial were installed last week, thanks to donations by Robert "Jack" Ferguson and his family, in memory of all past, present and future veterans of Miller Grove. Ferguson is a World War II veteran who grew up in Miller Grove and now resides in Arlington.

The Miller Grove Cemetery Beautification Committee is overseeing the project, which also include plans for a new entry gate and archway. Donations are always welcome, committee members note.

Recently, Precinct 1 Commissioner Beth Wisenbaker's crew completed the new oil road in the cemetery, according to Oma Lea Garrett Nelson with the Miller Grove Cemetery Beautification Committee.

"Your donations have been appreciated to make the road and flag possible," Nelson noted of all who have contributed to the project.

Among the honorary representatives scheduled to be in attendance will be members of the Hopkins County Military Coalition. The group, which formed in 1998 to perform military ceremonies at funerals of fallen veterans in Hopkins County, started with 15 members who could only carry out one funeral ceremony at a time. Today the coalition has almost 30 members. They can -- and have -- perform ceremonies at three funerals in one day if need be.

Acting as master of ceremonies and featured speaker Saturday will be Navy Lt. Cmdr. James C. Reed. He will also give the invocation. Marine Corps Master Gunnery Sgt. W. Nimer will also be a featured speaker.

"America," "The Star Spangled Banner" and "God Bless America" will be sung at the flag-raising and dedication. Featured singers will be Anna Letha Ferguson, Christina Miller and Don Miller.

Mrs. Nelson is slated to give the closing remarks, and Johnny "Son" Ferguson will voice the closing prayer.

The Miller Grove Cemetery Beautification Committee invites the community to join in the flag-raising ceremony and dedication, and to stay for refreshments which will be served following the service.

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