Havelock honors sacrifices of the fallen

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Normand Girard, of the Knights of Columbus, places a wreath at the Memorial Monument during the Havelock Memorial Day Ceremony on Monday at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

Ken Buday/Havelock News
Published: Monday, May 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM.

Baxter sported a patriotic scarf as he sat patiently in the arms of Nancy Lane. After all, dogs in America are free, too.

Nancy and Joe Lane traveled with their dog from Oriental to Havelock Monday for the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Havelock Tourist and Event Center.

“We try to remember, just like everybody else,” Joe Lane said of the reason they rode the ferry across the Neuse River to attend Monday’s ceremony.

About 70 people attended the 40-minute ceremony, which was put on by the local Knights of Columbus for the eighth year. It included a wreath-laying at the Memorial Monument, patriotic music, prayers and a special ceremony for prisoners of war and those missing in action.

“I had never seen that before,” Nancy Lane said of the POW/MIA ceremony, which includes an empty table representing those unable to dine with their families and friends. “It was just beautiful.”

Martine Myers, a retired Navy captain who is also a member of the Naval Order, was the guest speaker for the ceremony.

“I was totally honored,” she said of speaking at the event. “It’s easy to honor those who died for our country.”

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