Memorial Day ceremony is Monday

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By The Staff

The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be Monday at 1 p.m. at the Taylor County War Memorial.

Several will speak at the event, including State Rep. Russ Mobley, R-Campbellsville, Campbellsville Mayor Brenda Allen, Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers, Master of Ceremonies Bill Perkins and past ceremony chair Bob Rotschi.

The ceremony will feature the North Hardin High School JROTC Honor Guard as special guests.

Laurie Mandi, publicity chair for American Legion Post 82, said the group is thrilled to get the North Hardin Honor Guard as a guest.

When members of Post 82 saw the honor guard perform a MIA/POW ceremony in January, she said, they knew they wanted to invite the guard to Campbellsville

"The squad is the best of the best of JROTC has to offer," she said. "A hand-picked squad of six members and one narrator. The respect and understanding that they show during the performance and while discussing their routine are inspiring from those so young."

Mandi said part of the honor guard ceremony includes a table set for guests, with all the chairs empty, and the following words:

"Remember, the chairs are empty, for they are not here. Remember, all of you who served with them and called them brothers and sisters ... you, who depended on their might and strength ... you, who relied up on them ... remember, for surely they have not forgotten you."

Other events planned include a flag ceremony, laying of a wreath on the Taylor County War Memorial by American Legion Post 82 and a 21-gun salute by the Marion County Honor Guard.