‘It’s about honoring real people’


Ashe County marks Memorial Day 2016 with Ashelawn service



(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Ashe County High School Junior ROTC cadets honor each of the nation’s 50 states - and the men and women who died defending them - during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.


(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Despite soggy weather, dozen showed up to mark Memorial Day 2016 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.


(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Military veterans stand at attention during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.


CRUMPLER-Dreary weather conditions couldn’t dampen the spirits of dozens of Memorial Day observers at Ashelawn Memorial Gardens in Crumpler Sunday afternoon.

With a grey backdrop and cool temperatures prevailing, a somber mood was cast across the crowd as service members and attendees of the Memorial Day program reminded one another the true meaning of the historic day.

The ceremony, which was 20 minutes in duration, was held in the open air near countless grave markers above the garden’s iconic pond.

LTC. David Cox was the event’s featured speaker. Cox began his speech by stating the number of service members that perished in each American conflict.

After rattling off the cold facts of America’s military history, the speech turned personal as he recalled the life of Capt. Richard Cliff, who was a friend of Cox’s.

Cliff, an Appalachian State University grad of 2002, was killed Sept. 29, 2008 during Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan.

Cliff had Ashe County connections, too.

“Today is not about the numbers, but honoring and remembering the real people,” said Cox.

Reach Jesse Campbell at 336-846-7164.

(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Ashe County High School Junior ROTC cadets honor each of the nation’s 50 states – and the men and women who died defending them – during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MemorialDay.jpg(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Ashe County High School Junior ROTC cadets honor each of the nation’s 50 states – and the men and women who died defending them – during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.

(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Despite soggy weather, dozen showed up to mark Memorial Day 2016 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MemorialDay2.jpg(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Despite soggy weather, dozen showed up to mark Memorial Day 2016 at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.

(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Military veterans stand at attention during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.
http://jeffersonpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/web1_MemorialDay3.jpg(Jesse Campbell|Jefferson Post) Military veterans stand at attention during the 2016 Memorial Day ceremony at Ashelawn Memorial Chapel, Gardens and Mausoleum in Crumpler.
Ashe County marks Memorial Day 2016 with Ashelawn service
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