ROCKINGHAM — A new memorial to honor those killed during World War II highlighted a Memorial Day Service in Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park on Saturday.
The service was led by AMVETS Post 316, which provided a flag detail to fold the burial flag of Roberdel native Archie Easterling — who was killed Jan. 22, 1944 while serving on the USS LST 348 at Anzio beach landing in Italy — and presented it to a family member. The post’s honor guard also performed a 21-gun salute at the end of the service.
The flags were raised and lowered to half-staff by cadets of the Richmond Senior High School Raider Battalion Army JROTC unit, who also escorted members of various veteran-related organizations to lay wreaths at the Fallen Soldier Battlefield Cross, which was dedicated in 2014.
Charlotte pastor Mark Harris was the keynote speaker.