ELIZABETHTOWN — Even though temperatures were soaring towards 90, the atmosphere was somber and the crowd large as the Bladen County Fallen Heroes Memorial was dedicated on Wednesday during the annual Cry Out America event.
The memorial was placed on the courthouse lawn facing Poplar Street. The flags were officially raised during a ceremony on Wednesday.
Bladen Count Sheriff Prentis Benston called the names of the fallen and then asked for a moment of silence in recognition of the sacrifice they made. The memorial was donated by the Woodmen of the World State Manager Joe Walters and the bricks were donated by Kenneth Clark.
The bricks are engraved with the names of the fallen: Roy Fores, Jimmy Bell, Elaine Lyda, Roger Stocks, Brian Ramey, Jamie Collins, Ron Allen, Claxton Dove, David Hunsinger Jr., Dewayne Hester, David Tatum, and John Hall. There is also a brick that commemorates the 9-11 terrorist attack on our nation.
Bladen County Commissioner Jimmie Smith gave the invocation and recognized the guests in attendance.
The Rev. Chris Carroll of Elizabethtown Baptist Church spoke of the present “spiritual crisis” in America.
“We are really blessed,” said Carroll. “We are blessed to have so many resources in this county. We are in desperate need of God.”
Carroll also noted that many folks in the county cry out for a “revival and a restoration” here and across America.
“We need a revival,” said Carroll.
Organizer Pam Ward, in her closing remarks, said, “This is about your leaders and you serving God.”
Others participating in the event were the Revs. Dale Hester, Bill Tatum, Larry Hayes and Bruce Cannon.