Memorial Day Program at Liberty All
Liberty All United Methodist Church in Huntingdon was the setting Sunday, May 27, for an inspirational program to remember and honor all veterans for Memorial Day.
As Barbara Bennett played “God of Our Fathers”, Greg Coleman brought in the American Flag and Becky Keith brought in the Christian Flag. Colt Wood, Collyns Wood, and Cooper Townsend carried in baskets of small flags which would later be placed on the graves of veterans. The congregation recited the Pledges to the American and Christian Flags. Dr. Lee Butler welcomed everyone, then Joseph Butler prayed a very inspirational prayer.
Barbara Bennett played a rousing rendition of the Medley of Service Songs during which each veteran stood as his military branch’s song was heard. “The Star Spangled Banner” and “God Bless America” were sung by soloist Megan Arnett.
Members of the Huntingdon High School Band, Michael Byrd, Zach Childress, Maddie Crossno, Coleman Dickson, Andrew Lee, Emma Raim, Tizzy Smith, Jasmine Swierk, Lexie Williams, and Zean Williams played a rousing rendition of a patriotic song.
Walter Butler introduced the guest speaker, Randy McCadams, who served 33 years in the Tennessee Army National Guard, retiring in 2004 with the rank of First Sergeant. He stressed the importance of remembering the sacrifices made by so many from the time of the Revolutionary War to the present time.
Allen Espey asked all veterans present to stand and state their names and branches of service. He read the names of the 70 veterans buried in the Liberty All Cemetery, then as the congregation sang “America the Beautiful,” Marty Towater, TN National Guard, and Gary Merritt, U.S. Army, Retired, carried out the flags which were placed on the designated graves.
Tizzy Smith played “Taps” and as the sound of the trumpet echoed across the cemetery, everyone stood at attention, remembering with gratitude the sacrifices so many have made through the years and are still making to keep this country free.