Memorial Day message: Never forget the courage

From left, retired USN Lt. Cmdr. John Henley of Lancaster carries a wreath while retired Army Col. William Johnson presents a brief biography of wreath bearers retired USN Lt. Cmdr. Howard York of Callao and former USMC Cpl. John M. Hope of White Stone. Photo by Madison White Franks

by Madison White Franks

WEEMS—A slight breeze circulated throughout Historic Christ Church as a crowd sang “America the Beautiful” at the 26th annual Memorial Day Commemoration sponsored by the Northern Neck Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (NNMOAA) and the Foundation for Historic Christ Church.

“O beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strife, who more than self, their country loved and mercy more than life,” the congregation sang.

“We remember our fallen, we remember the story of their lives,” said the keynote speaker, retired USMC Maj. Gen. Timothy Hanifen…