Thursday program honors area veterans at Point Park

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By Dave Taylor

Carroll County residents will gather to pay tribute to area veterans at special ceremonies at Carrollton’s Point Park tomorrow evening.

The program is set to begin at 5 p.m. with a concert by the Carroll County High School band.

Also presenting musical selections will be the high school chorus, Helen Mumphrey and Brandon Stewart.

U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major (Ret.) James Supplee will be the keynote speaker. Supplee is among local National Guardsmen who served in the Vietnam War in 1968-69.

Carroll County Judge-Executive Harold “Shorty” Tomlinson and Carrollton Mayor Dwight Louden will also be among those addressing the audience.

Bill Chapman, a veteran of 34 years with the U.S. Navy, will serve as master of ceremonies.

The Carroll County High School Reserve Officers Training Corps as well as local troops of the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America will also participate.

The local unit of the U.S. Army National Guard will participate with artillery fieldpieces.

Bleachers will be transported to Point Park from the county park for the comfort of those who attend the proceedings although some may choose to bring lawn chairs. Event organizers encourage all who attend to dress for the weather and bring blankets if necessary.

An a capella rendering of the hymn “Amazing Grace” by Mary Alice Coons and the playing of “Taps” with an echo will follow a candle lighting ceremony. A 21-gun artillery salute will conclude the program.

In the event of rain the ceremonies will be moved indoors to the Carroll County High School gymnasium.