Dedication of Expanded Veterans Memorial Set for Saturday

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Published on May 16 2012 7:29 pm
Last Updated on July 14 2013 4:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

Armed Forces Day is Saturday, and the developers of the expanded and renovated Veterans Memorial on the lawn of the old Courthouse in downtown Effingham chose the occasion for a ceremony to dedicate the revamped Memorial.

The ceremony will begin at 10am at the Memorial.  The FACE Community Orchestra will present patriotic selections, to be followed by the St. Anthony Men's Choir's rendition of "America the Beautiful".  The orchestra will present a salute to the branches of the Armed Services, to be followed by the official welcome by John Schimmelfpenning.  A trumpet ensemble will present the Call to Colors, followed by the Men's Choir's leading of "The Star-Spangled Banner".

Reverend Lawrence G. Beebe will offer the invocation, to be followed by the dedicatory address by retired US Army Colonel Lonnie Jansen.

The Men's Choir will return to present "God Bless America".  Following the benediction by Rev. Beebe, a 21-gun salute will be presented, followed by the playing of "Taps".

Teresa Thies, who has assisted her husband, Chris, in spearheading the effort to renovate and expand the memorial, said the plans are celebratory, but will also be "respectful".  Thies is hopeful of a big turnout for the event.

The effort to expand the Memorial, including the pillars that bear the name of Effingham County veterans, was primarily a volunteer effort supported by contributions from a variety of sources.