Memorial Day will again take on a special meaning in Van Zandt County as the Van Zandt County Veterans Memorial Board has announced that they will be hosting their annual program beginning at 10 a.m. Monday, May 30, at the VZC Veterans Memorial in Canton.
Dr. Jimmy W. Dailey of Canton will be the guest speaker. Dailey is a family medicine doctor in Canton and is affiliated with Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital in Tyler.
Dailey received his medical degree from the University of Texas Health Science Center’s Joe and Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine in San Antonio where he graduated with honors in 1996.
Having more than 26 years of diverse experiences, especially in Family Medicine, Dailey affiliates with Christus Trinity Mother Frances Hospital and cooperates with many other doctors and specialists without joining any medical groups.
The Memorial Day program at the VZC Veterans Memorial in Canton will begin with members of Scout Troop 378 presenting the colors.
The National Anthem will be performed by Ginger Pickett.
The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Virgil Melton Jr., chairman of the VZC Veterans Memorial Board.
First Baptist Church of Edgewood Pastor Jonathan Leach will lead in the opening prayer.
Melton will welcome those in attendance and recognize honored guests to be followed by the recognition of VZC veterans in attendance (World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, and current and past Middle East War Veterans).
The recognition of the VZC Veterans Memorial Board will take place prior to the introduction of Dailey as the guest speaker.
The Reading of the Honor Roll will be done by Dan Curtis, Melton, Dan Maucieri, and Frank Palmer.
The Ringing of the Bell of Honor will be done by Master Sgt. Robert Allen, United States Air Force, Retired.
‘Taps’ will be played by Spencer Pennington to conclude the program.
Members of the 2021-22 VZC Veterans Memorial Board of Directors include Melton, chairman; Maucieri, treasurer; Curtis, secretary; Palmer, director; Pennington, director; Tim West, director; and Don Ashlock, director.
The public is invited to attend the Memorial Day ceremony.