MADISON -- The annual Memorial Day ceremony will take place Monday, May 27, at the Boone County Courthouse. This will be the 19th year that cadets of the Boone Composite Squadron continue its Memorial Day tradition that was begun by a former CAP cadet, Jason Garretson.
The Memorial Day Honor Guard, fashioned after the Honor Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown, is marched non-stop for 24 hours by the local cadets to honor the Boone County veterans who gave their life in service for their country. Regardless of heat, cold, rain or sun, the cadets march, beginning at midnight Sunday night and concluding at midnight on Monday night. The cadets were joined by members of VFW Post 5578 at noon on the front lawn of the courthouse to remember, by name, each soldier who died defending our freedoms. Each name is read by a cadet and, at the conclusion of the reading, the CAP Cadet Commander and two members of the VFW will hang a wreath on the railing in front of the memorial statue on the courthouse lawn. TAPS will then be played by the VFW, and everyone present takes time to reflect on the ultimate price that many have paid to protect Americas freedoms. The Boone Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol has been in operation for 56 years, serving Boone County and the state of West Virginia by providing cadet leadership training, emergency services search & rescue, aerospace education and community service projects. Civil Air Patrol, the official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force, is a nonprofit organization with more than 61,000 members nationwide, operating a fleet of 550 aircraft. CAP, in its Air Force auxiliary role, performs 90 percent of continental U.S. inland search and rescue missions as tasked by the Air Force Rescue Coordination Center and was credited by the AFRCC with saving 54 lives in fiscal year 2011. Its volunteers also perform homeland security, disaster relief and drug interdiction missions at the request of federal, state and local agencies. The members play a leading role in aerospace education and serve as mentors to nearly 27,000 young people currently participating in the CAP cadet program. CAP received the World Peace Prize in 2011 and has been performing missions for America for 70 years. CAP also participates in Wreaths Across America, an initiative to remember, honor and teach about the sacrifices of U.S. military veterans. Visit www.gocivilairpatrol.com or www.capvolunteernow.com for more information. Anyone seeking more information about the local Squadron may call Major Carol Martin at 304-860-1747 or 2d Lt. Chuck Shultz at 304-549-7901. You may also email Major Martin at email@example.com U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W.Va) Friday released the following statement on Memorial Day. This weekend, we rightly honor our brave men and women in uniform and give thanks to our veterans and their families. So many of West Virginias sons and daughters have proudly and courageously served and lost life and limb in defense of our freedoms and democracy. We must never forget their patriotism and what we owe for their service and sacrifice. On Memorial Day, as we strive to articulate what our veterans service means to our country, let us begin by ensuring that we honor our promises to them, and remembering our world is safer and the ideals of democracy and freedom endure thanks to their patriotism. In keeping with the presidential proclamation, Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin ordered U.S. and State Flags at all state-owned facilities be displayed at half-staff from dawn until noon, Monday, May 27, 2013 in observance of Memorial Day. "Memorial Day is an opportunity for us to pay tribute to and remember those who have fought bravely to preserve our freedom and security," said Gov. Tomblin. "On this Memorial Day, I encourage all West Virginians to recall those brave men and women of the armed forces who have risked and given their lives to keep us safe." Gov. Tomblin asks all West Virginians to unite in prayer for permanent peace at 11 a.m. and to observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3 p.m. to reflect upon the service and sacrifice of our military men and women.