Friday, October 31, 2014

Memorial Day event to feature expert’s historical perspective on effects of war

By DYLAN LYSEN, Herald Staff Writer | 5/23/2014

It’s a constant reminder, Deb Barker said.

The Franklin County War Memorial at the corner of Fourth and Main streets not only honors service members who have died defending their country, it also connects the community to its past, Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said.

It’s a constant reminder, Deb Barker said.

The Franklin County War Memorial at the corner of Fourth and Main streets not only honors service members who have died defending their country, it also connects the community to its past, Barker, Franklin County Historical Society director, said.

“The memorial we have now, which covers several wars, has all the right features,” she said. “It’s in a prominent place on the courthouse lawn, it’s actually on the site for the original memorial for the Civil War soldiers. It’s dramatic, it’s eye catching, and it’s a constant reminder.”

Barker is set to speak 10 a.m. Monday at the war memorial as part of a Memorial Day service sponsored by the Franklin County veterans organizations Warren C Black Post No. 60 American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 5901 and Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 912. Her remarks are expected to center on how wars — from the U.S. Civil War to present — have shaped the people of Franklin County and the region itself.

Speaking at a Memorial Day event is a first for Barker, she said, but she’s honored to play a role in Monday’s observance.

“It’s something totally different than I’ve ever done,” Barker said. “It’s totally different, so it’s a good opportunity. It’s a challenge.”

The historian was chosen as the keynote speaker because of her extensive work with the Franklin County Historical Society, as well as the tie-in with the community’s 150th birthday this year, Steve Queen, one of the organizers of the event, said.

The Memorial Day service also is set to include the laying of a wreath by city and county commissioners and a presentation by Gunnery Sgt. Sara Pacheco.

The Legion, VFW and Vietnam veterans groups have been organizing the annual observance for about five years, Queen said, and they’re happy to be part of rallying the community to recognize service and sacrifice on Memorial Day.

“It’s just a way for those groups to give back something to the community,” Queen said.

Queen encouraged attendees to bring lawn chairs Monday.

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