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Memorial Day an occasion to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice

Monuments to armed services unveiled at ceremony

The Memorial Day Commemoration and Veteran’s Monument Dedication was held Monday, May 30, Memorial Day. It was a somber reminder of the past and present sacrifices made to preserve the security and freedoms that Americans enjoy.

The Marine Corp League presented the flags and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Several appropriate poem readings followed. County Commissioner, Ronnie Beale reminded everyone that Memorial Day was not just another excuse to take a long holiday, or have a party or a barbecue, but rather, was a day of remembrance and respect.

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The 11th annual Relay for Life Cancer Survivor’s Dinner was held Friday, May 20, at the Cowee Baptist Church Fellowship Hall.

Event Coordinator Phyllis Castle said that the dinner was just one way of honoring the people whose lives have been touched by cancer. She said that usually 250-300 people attend these events.

There were a diverse group of survivors at Friday’s dinner. Some had found out about having cancer as early as three months ago and then there were some that had survived cancer for more than 40 years.

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May is designated as the American Legion Auxiliary's Poppy Month.

The Auxiliary uses the donations received from the sale of poppies to fund projects that benefit local veterans and their families.

John Crawford, 92, lifetime member of American Legion Post 108, helps the Auxiliary, as he has done for many, many years by distributing poppies.

 

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Pam Forshee, owner of Smoky Mountain Bicycles, partnered with Larry Stenger and the Franklin Daybreak Rotary to put on the Third annual Ruby Ride & Run. The event was held Friday, May 20, beginning at 9 a.m. at Franklin High School. This year, there were 90 runners and 45 bikers participating. The proceeds are slated to benefit such local charities as CareNet, Angel Hospital Foundation, Franklin Interact Club, KIDS Place, Stop Hunger Now, New Century Scholars, Kids winter basketball tournament, and a handicapible Boy Scout Troop.

Forshee, organizer for the event, said that even though attendance was down a little bit from the previous year, she was still pleased with the turnout. “We raised about $3,500. That is about the same as what we had last year.

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