HUNTERSVILLE – Military personnel who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to their country were remembered and honored during ceremonies held on Memorial Day – Monday, May 27 – at Veterans Park at Main & Maxwell.
In a late morning tribute to all the fallen from all branches of U.S. military service, music and remembrances – along with reminders from guest speakers that all the sacrifices have long-lasting impacts on families and communities – were featured.
Hosted by the town, American Legion Post 321 and the Sons of American Legion Squadron 321, Huntersville’s Memorial Day Ceremony was held on the Veterans Park stage adjacent to the town’s monument to the five main branches – Air Force, Army, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard – of the U.S. Military.
Mayor John Aneralla served as master of ceremonies, music was provided by the Community Singers of Lake Norman and the keynote speaker was USAF Lt. Gen. (Ret) Tom Waskow.
Guest speakers representing other branches of the military included: Marine Corps Master Sgt. (Ret) Niall Mulkeen; Navy Capt. (Ret) Mark Gibbons; Air Force Col. (Ret) Charlie Clatterbaugh; Coast Guard Auxiliary Western Carolinas Division Commander Jim Cortes; and Army representative Joe Reale, commander of Post 321.
Toni Reale from the Post 321 Auxiliary read the poem “In Flanders Field” and Chaplain Dennis Robitaille delivered the invocation and benediction for the services.
The Huntersville Police Department Honor Guard, joined by bagpiper David Thornburg, delivered and retrieved flags for the ceremonies, members of the North Mecklenburg High School Air Force JROTC unit conducted a flag folding demonstration and members of Boy Scout Troop 19 and Cub Scout Pack 19, both sponsored by Huntersville Presbyterian Church, served as flag sentries throughout the ceremonies.