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Dedication of our Veterans Memorial

by Leo Windham on November 12, 2012

crowd at Parnel Park, Lamar, SC

Today we had the dedication of the Lamar Veterans Memorial, a project I’ve been working on for the past year.  The Lamar Civitan Club asked me to co-chair, with my brother Jim, the committee to design and construct a veterans memorial.

It takes a lot of volunteers to make a project like this happen. A few of my friends in Lamar pitched in to help decorate the park and the stage yesterday.

It was my honor to serve as Master of Ceremonies for the dedication.

Here I am with the mayor of Lamar, Randy Reynolds.

This is me with the president of our Civitan Club, Warren Jeffords.  During the dedication ceremony, the Civitan Club symbolically presented the Veterans Memorial to the Town of Lamar.

I was really pleased with the turnout. There were probably 300-400 people there.

 The audience was filled with veterans including this gentleman.  Here is 81 year old John Buckingham, a 20 year USMC veteran, proudly wearing his dress blues.

The Lamar High School Junior ROTC acted as ushers and helped pass out programs and flags.

We kept the walls and the monument covered.

The walls contain bricks with the names of over 560 veterans, and the insignias of all the branches of service are on the monument.

 After the unveiling, the crowd came into the park and searched for the bricks of family members and loved ones.

Jane found her dad’s brick right in the middle of wall #2.

Here’s Jim, co-chair of  the Veterans Memorial Committee, and his lovely wife Jean.

There’s a few things in my life that I’m proud of and this project is one of them.

And I think my late father, Woodrow D. Windham, CWO4, US Navy, would be proud. At least I hope so.

Live from Windhams Crossroads,




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Vanessa November 12, 2012 at 11:29 pm

What a wonderful event! We are so grateful to all our service men and women for their sacrifice for our freedom. Thank you for sharing this with us! :-)
Vanessa

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 14, 2012 at 4:36 am

Thank you for the comment Vanessa. I think so too.

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Jean Windham November 13, 2012 at 10:27 am

Leo a special thanks to you and Jim for a job well done. What a wonderful way to remember those who have served our country. I am sure “Woodrow “is looking down on this event and is extremely proud of his sons and the work you put into this memorial. Jean

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 14, 2012 at 4:37 am

I think he and our mother were proud of all of their four sons and daughter Mary.

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Diane Whiting November 13, 2012 at 1:23 pm

Leo: Beautiful Memorial. I know you, your family and community are so proud. I have a son in the Coast Guard in Sitka, Alaska so I am into honoring all military at all times.

Jane – the mail just came at the library. I could smell it before I opened it. I whooped and hollered. Everyone else came running, so jealous when they saw and SMELLED my cotton. I love being Southern. I love those this little things means so much to some people. This Thanksgiving I am thankful to have you as a blog friend. Thank you for your kindness and generosity. I’ll keep a surcie in mind for you (~Surcie~ Southern colloquialism: It’s a gift or treat…just for the heck of it). The smell, Oh my goodness…reminded me of my grandparents barn. They were farmers in Lexington County. Thank you for thinking of me. Here is one of my favorite quotes (can’t remember who said it but I have it on my desk “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give”. Thank you for being so giving.

Diane
The Library Lady

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 14, 2012 at 4:40 am

Hi Diane,
Everybody loves a surcie. Thanks for the reminder. I think I’ll get Jane a little something today. She sure deserves it.

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Dolly Sarrio November 13, 2012 at 10:13 pm

I am so in awe of what you have done. It is a wonderful tribute, memorial. That was a great turnout! Thank you Leo! I know your Dad would be proud!

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 14, 2012 at 4:41 am

Hi Dolly,
Thanks. I think you live close enough to Lamar to stop by and spend some time in the park. You will surely recognize some of the names on the walls.

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Sherry November 13, 2012 at 11:16 pm

Amazing job! Something this community will long remember and hold dear. Thanks for all the hard work that went into this worthwhile project.

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 14, 2012 at 4:42 am

Thanks Sherry. We are all thankful for our veterans and all proud of our home town of Lamar.

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Shirley November 14, 2012 at 1:10 pm

Yo también me uno a este agradecimiento, siempre se debe recordar a esos hombres valientes que defienden el país. Saludos

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Leo at Cottage at the Crossroads November 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

Gracias. Si

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Missy November 14, 2012 at 9:25 pm

The memorial is wonderful. I love the bricks with the names on them. I love that generations from now those names will still be looked at and remembered. Kinda chokes me up.
I know the insignias on the front are fro the branches of the service. But, but there are six insignias and no matter what I googled or looked at I can only find five branches! Help me, tell me what the last branch is. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, ___________.

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Jane Windham November 15, 2012 at 8:29 am

Missy, the other branch is the Merchant Marines.

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Missy November 16, 2012 at 1:09 am

Thanks, Jane.

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Fairfield House November 15, 2012 at 8:21 am

Leo,
What a beautiful tribute to our veterans! My Da was a Navy man and spent time in a Veteran’s Home after suffering a series of strokes. The town’s turn out and photo of the 81 year old Marine in his dress blues makes me tear up and wonder how well have we preserved the liberty each generation holds in trust for the next, and for which they laid down their lives?
Thank you for sharing.
Your Friend,
Deborah

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Ann November 15, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Leo…there is no doubt in my mind that your dad was watching this whole thing with pride. Well done. You are so right too…you should be very, very proud.

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Billy Ray Graybeal November 19, 2012 at 9:26 am

Leo , great job so proud of you and Jane. Good to see you remembered your Dad,i know how proud you where of him . P.S. we need to play golf some time!! Billy Ray

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Leo Windham November 19, 2012 at 1:40 pm

Tee it up buddy.

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