|Ceremony set for May 24 in Vets’ Park|
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Daina Kubasak will be the featured speaker at the annual Memorial Day ceremony on Saturday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at Franklin County Veterans' Memorial Park.
Kubasak's only son, Army Cpl. Jared William Kubasak, was killed in Iraq when the Bradley Fighter Vehicle he was riding in ran over an improvised explosive device (IED) near Baghdad in December 2005.
He was the only soldier from Franklin County killed in that war.
Cpl. Kubasak earned the Bronze Star, Army Commendation Medal, Purple Heart, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Expeditionary Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal.
The Pigg River bridge on Route 40 West was recently named the "Army Corporal Jared William Kubasak Memorial Bridge" in honor of Cpl. Kubasak.
Rev. Ronald Coleman, pastor of Henry Fork Church of the Brethren, will also speak at Saturday's ceremony.
The Franklin County High School Air Force JROTC will present the colors, and SSgt. Harry Coates, a WWII veteran and charter member of the Veterans Memorial Commission, will place the wreath at the monument.
The Wright Kids of Rocky Mount will perform special music, following the singing of the National Anthem by Blair Graninger.
Giving the opening prayer will be Rev. Eddie Hawks, also a veteran and pastor of Woodlawn Baptist Church.
Charles Wagner, a park commission charter member and member of the Franklin County Board of Supervisors, will give the opening remarks and welcome.
"Taps" will be performed by Charlotte Hill.
The ceremony will end with closing remarks from B.W. Wright, chairman of the veterans' commission.
Coleman will also give the benediction and blessing of the food.
Immediately following the service, lunch will be served to all veterans (active and inactive) and their families at the Henry Fork Church of the Brethren on Doe Run Road.
"Please join us as we pay special tribute, honor, appreciation and thanks to all our heroes for a job well done," said Wright.