The rain let up Monday morning shortly before the annual Memorial Day ceremony at Edith Ford Memorial Cemetery was about to begin, but not soon enough to dissuade organizers from moving the commemoration to the relatively dry confines of Jones Pavilion. Out of the emerging light of the sun, the ceremony seemed even more solemn, as a recording of names of local veterans buried in cemeteries here and elsewhere was played—a list that has grown to nearly 600 names. Officer In Charge Charles Kessie presented the eight-man honor guard formed by Malouf Abraham (Air Force), who laid the wreath; Ronnie Ramsey, Don Schaef, John McGarr, John Rivers, Stanley Swires and Warren Rivers (Army); and Travis Renfro (Marines). Following the three-gun volley, Claire Abraham played “Taps,” marking the conclusion of the ceremony. Earlier in the day, volunteers helped place flags on veterans’ graves, while Rotarians lined Main Street with flags placed in front of businesses.
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