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Red, white and blue flooded Chicory Square Monday morning for the 31st annual Memorial Day Celebration.
Riley-Vest Post No. 9 of the American Legion Commander Brian Krabbe opened the ceremony to welcome everyone and thank all of the veterans.
Bluefield High School JROTC led by Sgt. First Class Rick Dobbins presented the colors and American Legion Post 9 rifle squad performed the 21-rifle salute.
“The city of Bluefield strives to be a veteran friendly city and we are thankful for those serving and those who have served. We encourage all citizens to come out and participate in Memorial Day events and support those who have fought for our freedom,” Assistant City Manager Josh Cline said.
Cole Chevy Mountain Festival queen Madison McGlothlin read a poem about peace and thanked all the veterans for what they do.
The celebration was dedicated to those who served their country and in memory of those who gave all.
Michael Kessinger the keynote speaker told an inspirational story about his father’s journey throughout the military and a closing prayer was led by the Rev. David Hall Jr., of Bland Street United Methodist Church.
Dale and Rita Shrewsbury, of Bluefield, said this was their first time coming to the ceremony.
“My husband was in the Korean and Vietnam wars and we wanted to come support the celebration and other activities like this. It is so important to remember and support our veterans and what they have done for us,” Rita Shrewsbury said.