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|Memorial Day ceremony held in Patriot's Square|
Flags were waved and heroes remembered at a Memorial Day ceremony at Patriot's Square in Winnsboro on Monday.
The event was sponsored by the newly formed American Patriot Tea Party, the local chapter of the grassroots, small government activist group that has sprung up nationwide in recent months.
Names of local military personnel who died in conflicts from World War I to Operation Iraqi Freedom were read by Tea Party members standing beneath Old Glory as the crowd waved small flags.
Many people wore patriotic clothing to honor the region's fallen heroes.
"If you are a patriot, you can't help but feel good to see such a show of support on Memorial Day," said American Patriot Tea Party President Glen Williams, as he surveyed the crowd.
Living veterans were also given a nod of appreciation at the event as those who served in wars were asked to step forward.
Fifteen men who served in wars from World War II to Operation Desert Storm were present and were recognized for their service.
W.T. Brown, a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam Wars who lives in Archibald, said it warmed his heart to see the American pride is still alive and well in the region.
"I loved it. This was tremendous — all of Franklin Parish should have been here," he said.
Franklin Parish Police Juror Leroy Scott said the love of country exhibited at the event is really what Memorial Day is all about.
"It's more than about barbecue on Memorial Day," he said. "I give credit to these people who really know the true meaning. It's about honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for these United States."
An American Patriot Tea Party will next hold an Independence Day tail-gate party on July 3 at Davis Park.
For a list of the names of fallen heroes of Franklin Parish, read page 1B of next week's Franklin Sun.