Ripley honors fallen veterans on Memorial Day

Suzette Lowe

Memorial Day in the United States is set aside to remember those soldiers who have given their lives in defense of their country. For the town of Ripley, it is a time to solemnly recognize and honor those who have given that ultimate sacrifice.

As Mayor Carolyn Rader said at the ceremony on the courthouse lawn, “If you listen quietly, you can still hear them. We are their legacy and we must never forget that.”

American Legion Post 107 members fold the American flag as Mayor Rader read the symbolic meaning of each step.

After the reading of those Jackson Countians who gave their lives in every conflict since World War I, the guest speaker, Master Sgt. Trina L. Clark, of the 130th Airlift Wing, McLaughlin Air National Guard in Charleston, spoke of the importance of remembering.

“Times change,” she said. “Memories and feelings on this day do not. It brings to the forefront what always lingers in the background in the minds of the families.”

The ceremonial empty table representing those who remain missing, the folding of the flag that was presented to the master sergeant and the laying of the wreath designed by Carolyn Harris was followed by a 21-gun salute by American Legion Post 107 and the playing of taps.