RADFORD – A ceremony to honor American military service members killed in war will be held on Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, at 11 a.m. in Radford’s Bisset Park.
The ceremony, which will include speakers, a 21-gun salute, music by the Radford High School Choir and Concert Band, and other memorializations, will be held at the park’s gazebo.
Speakers this year include Radford Army Ammunition Plant Commander Lt. Col. Russell Jones, Lt. Col. and Delegate Jason Ballard, Rev. Diana White of First Baptist Church with the invocation, and a reading of the names of Radford’s war dead. Bagpiper Andrew Meeks will perform “Taps,” and VFW Post 776 will present a 21-gun salute. The choir and band are returning to the ceremony this year after an absence last year.
The ceremony has been held for the past 20-plus years,and is presented by Radford VFW Post 776, American Legion Post 30, the NRV Marine Corps League, the Dublin-Radford Ruritan Club, the Radford News Journal, WRAD AM1460, and WPSK 107.1.
Ceremony presenters thank the following for support of the program: the City of Radford, Director of Radford Parks and Recreation Ken Goodyear, the Radford Army Ammunition Plant, Sign Systems, BAE Systems, Sound engineer Russell Brewster, Mullins Funeral Home, and Virginia Chapter 14 of WoodmenLife.