RADFORD –Radford’s Memorial Day service, the largest in the region, will honor all 59 of the city’s military lost in battle, as well as honor all military, past and present. The ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 27, at the gazebo in Radford’s Bisset Park.
The program’s speakers will be Virginia 12th district Delegate Chris Hurst, and Radford Arsenal Commander Lt Col James H. Scott III.
In front of the gazebo, a dramatic “Field of Crosses” honors Radford’s servicemen lost in past wars. Each cross represents one of the 59 from the city who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our nation.
Dana Jackson, past Commander of American Legion Post 30, will read those names to the sound of drums.
The service opens with the raising of the American flag and “To the Colors” played by bugler SPC Stephanie Ashwell followed by the national anthem sung by the Radford High School choir directed by Darren Goad.
The invocation by Dr. Kathy Dunagan, Rector, Grace Episcopal Church, Radford and city greetings from mayor Davis Horton will precede the Radford High School band directed by Daniel Frankenberger, in a musical salute to America’s armed forces.
The service concludes with bagpiper Andrew Meeks playing “Amazing Grace”…