TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO LOCAL VETERANS SATURDAY AT FOREST LAWN

TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO LOCAL VETERANS SATURDAY AT FOREST LAWN TRIBUTE WAS PAID TO LOCAL VETERANS SATURDAY AT FOREST LAWN

ONE LOCAL VETERAN...HENDERSON COUNTY/EDNEYVILLE NATIVE MARK RHODES...DIED WHILE SERVING ON THE USS ARIZONA IN THE 1941 ATTACK ON PEARL HARBOR      

Saturday’s Veterans Day ceremony, described as a very emotional event, paid tribute to those who’ve served and continue to serve, as well as those who lost their lives in defense of the country.

“It’s to honor those who served and to also memorialize those we’ve lost,” said R. Shuford Edmisten, past state commander of the American Legion, who was also the main speaker and master of ceremonies at the event.

While Americans have often honored their veterans, Edmisten said that is especially true during times of conflict, noting the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, as well the threats looming with North Korea.

“Americans are always looking for ways to honor and to assist our veterans,” he said. “In times of war, patriotism gets really high.”

The event opened with an invocation by the chaplains of Legion Post 77, followed by the national anthem, performed by the North Henderson High School Choir. After the pledge of allegiance, led by Post 77 Commander Drew Lacey, the West Henderson High Army JROTC Falcon Battalion presented a flag-folding ceremony. The ceremony culminated in the presentation of wreaths and a benediction.

By Larry Freeman   

An emotional President and Mrs. Trump recently paid tribute to the USS Arizona...and one from Henderson County who died on the Arizona was remembered by his family on Veteran's Day this past Saturday.

Mark Alexander Rhodes was born in Edneyville on 7 March 1920. A product of Edneyville schools, Mark made the ultimate sacrifice while serving his country aboard the USS Arizona, sunk by the Japanese at Pearl Harbor Honolulu Hawaii on December 7, 1941.

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Mark is buried at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor.

Hendersonville’s Hedrick-Rhodes Post 5206 of the VFW is named partially in honor of Mark’s service and sacrifice.