Members of the Dawson and Morgan families came together Nov. 9 thanks to Lynnette Gutierrez and Donald Morgan, who organized a Veterans Day program at the Dawson family cemetery in Jackson.
Soldiers actively serving and retired veterans were recognized as were deceased veterans and those buried elsewhere, Beth Dawson said.
Family members placed flags, donated by East Feliciana Sheriff Talmadge Bunch, on the graves of the fallen soldiers.
Morgan welcomed attendees of the ceremony with an opening prayer. Caylence Hadden led the Pledge of Allegiance. Sally Morgan recited the poem “Hats Off,” and Gutierrez read the poem “Aging Veterans.”
The same day, residents of the Jackson community honored living and deceased veterans by paying their respects at the Jackson cemetery, according to Dawson.
The Alexander Stirling chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution hosted the program.
Participating in the ceremony were Cindy McDonald, president of the Jackson Cemetery Association, who gave the welcome; Jim Parker, Jackson councilman and veteran, who led the Pledge of Allegiance; Mary Anna Leverett, who gave the invocation; Shirley Leggett, who played “Amazing Grace” and “God Bless America” on her violin; Jackie Odom, who recited the poem “In Flanders Fields”; Shane Duncan, who read aloud “They Did Their Share”; and Dawson, who shared the history of the Medal of Honor winner and announced this year’s recipient, Butch O’Hare, who has an airport named in his honor.
Following a roll call of veterans buried in the cemetery, relatives and Boy Scouts from Troop 51 placed flags on their graves as David Milton played taps on his trumpet.