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Vietnam veteran Don Bowen applies a coat of paint to the eagle at the entrance of the Veterans Memorial park last month.

A Memorial Day service honoring departed veterans will be held on Monday, May 25, 11 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial Park.

Tierian (Randy) Cash, National Chaplain of the American Legion will be the guest speaker.

In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Robert C. Carpenter Building adjacent to the park.

All participants and guests attending the memorial service are invited to the American Legion Post 108, 614 W. Main St., for a complimentary lunch immediately following the ceremony.

 

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Four lose their lives in the line of duty in 2014

The Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #81 of Jackson and Macon Counties held the annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service last Friday on the courthouse square.

With flags flying and law enforcement officers from across Western North Carolina in attendance, guest speaker Ashley Welch addressed the crowd.

"I am grateful for the opportunity to speak to you, my hometown, today and to honor the servicemen and women who lost their lives protecting us," said Welch. "But I wish I was here under different circumstances. I wish I was just here to thank you for your service and dedication to your community, but unfortunately I am not. I am here to remember those who lost their lives in the line of duty."

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After Stephen Siller lost his life in the 9/11 terrorist attacks, his family set out to honor his life and legacy by establishing The Stephen Siller Tunnels to Towers Foundation.

One Franklin businessman was honored this week for his support of the Staten Island based charity, and was given a piece of steel from Ground Zero.

Tom Tastinger, of Tastinger's Floor Covering, Carpet One, was presented with a piece of steel from the fallen World Trade Center by Charlie Gussamann, a retired FDNY (Fire Department of New York City) member.

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Participating in the Confederate Memorial Day were Carolyn Nohria, Debbie Ammons, Betty Rowland, Linda Baruzzini, Pat Ensley, Judi Longworth, Gloria Owenby, Kathy Webb, Susan Sheets, Sharon Bandilla, Bethany Fitzsimmons, Mary Ella Fitzsimmons, Edna Morgan, Mike Parris, Mike Sheets, Bob Longworth, Bruce Webb, Mike Clampett, Matthew Bandilla, James Thomas, and Kent Moore.

Participating organizations included United Daughters of the Confederacy of Thomas' Legion Chapter 2698 of Franklin, Order of the Confederate Rose and the Jackson Rangers, SCV of Sylva.

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