The City of White House hosted its annual Memorial Day Ceremony last week, giving citizens an opportunity to honor the sacrifice of Americas’ military service members and their families.
City Administrator Gerald Herman led the pledge of allegiance and Mayor Michael Arnold read the names of the City’s fallen heroes, including those from the Revolutionary War, Civil War, Spanish American War, World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the War in Iraq and the War in Afghanistan.
Herman introduced guest speaker Major Dale Lightfoot. In Robertson County, Lightfoot has been working with local cadets at Springfield High School as the senior aerospace science director. He teaches cadets drills, how to wear the uniform, why to wear the uniform, to honor veterans, to be a part of the community and to give back consistently.
Last year, Lightfoot led cadets in an average of 3000 to 3,500 community service hours.
“Memorial Day...we pause on this day to think about all of those who have fallen. The 31st of May was the first day that was appointed, and the reason being is because that’s when the flowers bloomed. It was originally called Decorations Day. The official time that we are supposed to pause as a County is three o’clock.
“For countless families across the nation, Memorial Day is a historic and often painful reminder of those who were never offered the opportunity to be honored as veterans for their service to our county. Their sacrifice is a true expression of selfless service. They represent the best of America.”
Lightfoot’s first supervisor in the Airforce and his last wing commander both rest in Arlington National Cemetery.
I’m so thankful for them,” said he said.
For Memorial Day, Lightfoot recommended that White House’s young citizens talk to their neighbors who have American flags and veteran apparel on.
“Ask them about why they have a flag out in their yard, or why they have a sticker on the back of their car, or why they wear some of these hats. You’ll learn things you can’t learn in a history book. You’ll hear some great stories. You’ll hear from some great Americans,” he said.
City Officials and attendees then walked out to the front of the public library for the wreath-laying ceremony.