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Greensboro Kiwanis remembers veterans with special tribute

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By Angye Morrison

A while back, Bill Willis and his wife paid a visit to Hiawassee, Ga., and found themselves passing through Dahlonega. They were struck by the veterans memorials they saw in the town and the beauty they added to Dahlonega, and decided to bring the idea home.

Willis, a member of the Greensboro Kiwanis Club, presented the idea of placing veterans memorial crosses throughout the town, and the club was on board immediately.

Kiwanians have placed crosses and Stars of David, bearing the names of veterans, along the roadsides in Greensboro to honor those who have served or are currently serving. The memorials will be placed three times a year: on Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Veteran’s Day. The memorials will remain in place for several days surrounding the holidays.

The club held a dedication ceremony for the memorials last Friday in Greensboro. After the posting of the colors by the West Gadsden High School JROTC, Greensboro Mayor and Kiwanian Buddy Pitts led the Pledge of Allegiance. The assemblage of about 30 people then joined Rev. David Melton, pastor of First Baptist Church in Greensboro, as he led the singing of the national anthem and the invocation.

Guest speaker for the event was Steven Murray, USAF retired lieutenant colonel. Murray is now the communications director at the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs. He challenged the audience to remember that “freedom isn’t free,” and to remember veterans and those who are currently in service.

Murrany also presented the town a copy of the governor’s proclamation of Memorial Day, signed by Gov. Charlie Crist.

Kiwanis members then read the names of veterans and active duty service men and women.

The event was concluded with a dedication prayer by Rev. William C. Brinson, pastor of Pine Bloom Missionary Baptist Church.

Memorial crosses or Stars of David to honor a friend or loved one who has served in the military can be purchased by contacting Greensboro Kiwanis Club members Ann Blount, Ernest Chester, Bernard Clark, Richard Davis, Wayne Hanna, Terry Kever, Lee Leynes, Gary Louden, Ronnie Macon, Cephus Phillips, Buddy Pitts, J.B. Toole or Bill Willis.