By Rose Klein
Greene Publishing, Inc.
Memorial Day is a day set aside for observation and remembrance, not celebration. In the US, Memorial Day is for recognizing those who made the ultimate sacrifice; it’s for those who died while serving in the country’s armed forces.
Madison County’s “Freedom Isn’t Free” ceremony on Monday, May 26, was for honoring those who had served as well as recognizing all veterans and families (including prisoners of war and missing in action service people). Several members of the Madison community was on hand to participate, including: Jimmie Aikens directing the Pledge of Allegiance, Pastor Robert Holmes giving the invocation, Ebony Walker honoring whose who had served, music by Mary Hargrett, recognition of veterans and families/POW’s/MIA’s by Oliver Bradley, words from Lisa Tuten and David Albercrombie and the main speaker, Jerome Wyche, followed by Joe Rowe giving the closing prayer.
During Wyche’s speech, he had veterans who were attending the ceremony to stand up front and be recognized, giving orders to be at ease, salute and dismiss. His ending words struck emotions within the crowd as he said, “All gave some, but some gave all. To never let it go unsaid or undone, we thank you for your gracious service.”
The ceremony was finished with the song “God Bless America,” prayer and the playing of taps. Immediately following was a lunch of hot dogs, chips and sodas, provided free of charge, from members of the Genesis Missionary Baptist Church.