May 25, 2023 at 1:30 p.m.
On Monday, May 29, 2003, Memorial Day, Hope American Legion Post 229 members and family will meet at the Post, 208 Washington Street, Hope. For at least 70 years, members have gathered to remember and salute deceased veterans buried in area cemeteries. A full service is conducted at each location.
The first stop at 8:30 a.m. is at Sharon Cemetery on CR 700E, where services are rendered in honor of Jonathan Moore, a Body Guard for George Washington. He is buried there along with his wife, Elizabeth, their daughter, Hanna Moore Rogers, her daughter, Margaret Rogers Hull and her husband, son and daughter.
Newbern Cemetery services are at 8:50 a.m. Several Civil War veterans are buried there. The Hartsville town square is the next service at 9:15 a.m.. Due to two cemeteries at Hartsville, the square is the location for memorial services. Hartsville’s history includes recognition Of PVT Barton Mitchell, of the Civil War.
From Hartsville, the procession moves to Hawcreek Church Cemetery, CR900E & Stafford Rd, for a 9:40 a.m. service. At this conclusion, the next ceremony is at Simmons Cemetery, CR625E/CR950N. Next is Old St Louis Cemetery, CR670E/south of CR800N.
West Jackson Street bridge, at 10:30 a.m. honors those lost at sea. Time scheduled here is 10:30 a.m..
The Hope Veterans Memorial, located at the NE corner of the Moravian Cemetery, at 11 a.m., hosts the final salute to the deceased. At this location, the program includes comments made by the Post commander, reciting the eight names of deceased veterans newly added to the granite stone memorial, followed by the traditional rifle volley and taps.
The public is invited to any of these services and are encouraged to bring along the young ones to learn some of the history of our local areas.
For more information, contact A.C. Reeves, Post Adjutant at (812) 343-9767 or email [email protected].