World War II monument unveiled at Richmond County Veterans Memorial Park

William R. Toler | Daily Journal Bob Rheault, left and Ben Thompson unveil the World War II memorial at Richmond County Veterans Park during a Memorial Day service on Saturday.

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.

William R. Toler | Daily Journal Bob Rheault, left and Ben Thompson unveil the World War II memorial at Richmond County Veterans Park during a Memorial Day service on Saturday.
https://www.yourdailyjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/web1_wwiimem.jpgWilliam R. Toler | Daily Journal Bob Rheault, left and Ben Thompson unveil the World War II memorial at Richmond County Veterans Park during a Memorial Day service on Saturday.

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