From Staff Reports
The Murphy Cemetery Assoc. is holding its annual Memorial Day observance at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at Decatur-Maxwell-Murphy Cemetery, located behind Murphy Middle School. Visitors are asked to bring lawn chairs, as seating is limited.
Tours of the cemetery begin at 9 a.m. with Murphy Middle School Historians presenting the military history of thirteen (13) Confederate Veterans, one (1) Union Veteran, one (1) Black Hawk War Veteran and one (1) WWI Veteran at the respective graves.
The program will begin at 10 am with the presentation of the colors by Boy Scout Troop 1776.
Guest speakers include Murphy resident Scott Bradley, mayor pro tem of the Murphy City Council. Bradley is a retired US Army Reservist, Military Police Corps, with 23 years of service, serving in support of both operations Desert Storm in 1991 and Iraqi Freedom in 2004.
Murphy resident Elizabeth McCormick will also speak. She is a former U.S. Army Black Hawk Helicopter Pilot who supported United Nations peacekeeping operations in Kosovo, receiving the Meritorious Service Medal for her excellence in service.
After their speeches, the W.H.L. Wells Camp Sons of Confederate Veterans will perform a military roll call and fire a 21-gun salute to all veterans in attendance.
The Ladies of the Black Rose will then place roses on the graves of veterans buried in the
Visitors are asked to park in the parking lots closest to the Maxwell Creek Park pavilion, located at the end of the road between Murphy Middle School and Kimbrough Stadium, off of North Murphy Road. Handicap parking will be available on the grass near the trail to the cemetery.
The public is welcome to attend. For more information about the Memorial Day service, go to the Murphy Cemetery Association’s website at decaturmaxwellmurphycemetery.org.