Flagpole and Memorial Dedication Ceremony

Thursday, 30 May 2024 09:58

Mtn. Park Military Memorial


Flagpole and Memorial Dedication Ceremony for Mountain Park Military Memorial

Wilkesboro, NC – May 30, 2024 - The Wilkesboro community is cordially invited to the dedication of the Mountain Park Military Memorial, a momentous Flagpole and Memorial Dedication Ceremony scheduled for Sunday, June 9th, 2024, at 2:00 PM. This ceremony will honor the bravery and sacrifice of military personnel, while also commemorating the rich historical significance of the site.

The ceremony will be emceed by Carl White, host of the award-winning syndicated TV show "Life in the Carolinas."

Bagpiper J.V. Hudson, hailing from Durham, NC, will perform the leading of the Color Guard, setting a solemn tone for the proceedings.

Noted speakers including Sam Call, Committee Chair; Town Councilman Claude Andrew “Andy” Soots; Jimmy Hays, Mayor Pro Tem; Town Manager Ken Noland and Dale L. Isom, Mayor as keynote speaker, will address attendees, reflecting on the deep significance of the memorial and the enduring courage of those it commemorates. Dr. Christopher "Chris" Hefner, of the First Baptist Church, Wilkesboro, will offer both the opening and closing prayers, enveloping the event in solemn reverence.

Sevyn Harrold, a talented 15-year-old vocalist and "Miss Davidson County Teen 2024," will perform the National Anthem, followed by a flyover of vintage Air Force planes.

Boy Scouts from Troop 335 in North Wilkesboro will perform the Color Guard duties for the raising of the North Carolina State flag and the town of Wilkesboro flag. Dressed in Class "A" uniforms, they will represent the proud tradition of scouting and honor the memory of our military heroes.

The Mountain Park Military Memorial holds the remains of 70 servicemen, with the first burial dating back to May of 1864.

Larry Baity, whose vision, and dedication made this memorial possible, expressed his sentiments, saying, "It's simply my dream or just maybe a calling much like a young man from the mountains of North Carolina who might feel the calling from God to become a Minister of the faith." Mr. Baity continued, "This is a milestone and a very historic event for the town of Wilkesboro and the County of Wilkes and will be written about in a story in my Volume 4 'A View from The Rear View Mirror,' which will be recorded in the Library of Congress in Washington D.C."

In conclusion, Mr. Baity emphasized, "I can assure you an all-out effort is being made to assure that this event will become a memorable and historical moment in remembrance of the Military men and women who served our nation with honor, pride, duty, faith in God, and love of country will forever be remembered."

The ceremony will conclude with a performance by singer C.J. Ballard and a parade of motorcycles by Armed Forces veterans, symbolizing the enduring legacy of service and sacrifice.

WTA shuttle buses will be available to escort attendees to the ceremony seating, ensuring ease of access for all participants. Chairs and water will be provided to ensure comfort for all attendees.

Without the support and leadership of Larry Baity, 89, of Wilkesboro, this memorial setting would not have been possible.

The public and media are invited to join us in this meaningful commemoration. For more information, please contact the Town of Wilkesboro at 336-838-3951.


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