NEWBERRY — The annual Memorial Day ceremony will be held at 4 p.m. May 28 at Memorial Park in downtown Newberry. The service is sponsored by the American Legion, the City of Newberry and Newberry County.
Americans who have died in war and Newberry County veterans who died in the last year will be remembered.
Lt. Col. Herman Crosson, a native of Newberry and the Battalion Commander of the 218th Brigade Support Battalion, will be the guest speaker.
“It’s always a nice service,” said Henry Brooks, commander of American Legion Post 24. “We’ll have the presentation of the colors, music, a remembrance of Americans who’ve fallen serving our country, the recitation of names of Newberry County veterans who’ve passed away, and a POW/MIA remembrance.”
“We encourage people to come to the service,” said Eugene Wilson, commander of American Legion Post 219. “It’s important we remember Memorial Day. We’re very pleased to have as our speaker a Newberry native who’s served our country very well.”
Crosson is a 1986 graduate of Newberry High School. His parents were the late Herman Crosson and Marian Crosson, who was a teacher at Newberry Middle School and Gallman Junior High. He has served in Operation Enduring Freedom, Kuwait and the Implementation Force in the Bosnian Theatre.
Crosson currently leads an organization of over 400 soldiers, and his units support the S.C. National Guard. He has been awarded the Army Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, NATO Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the SC Exceptional Service Medal for his service to the United States.
He has a bachelor of science degree from Excelsior University and a master of business administration from Liberty University. He is a graduate of US Army Command.
Others participating in the service include the JR ROTC, Rendell Gilmore singing the national anthem, Barbara Ellis with “God Bless America,” and Carlton Kinard with Taps.