American Legion Post 95 and Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1920 brought the residents of Mebane and the surrounding area a Memorial Day ceremony that will be remembered for a long time to come.
The ceremony, held Sunday, May 27, at Mebane’s Veterans Garden, featured WRAL news anchor, and Vietnam veteran, Larry Stogner, as speaker. Mr. Stogner delivered a very poignant speech in which he stated, “some people think Memorial Day is a day of celebration, I personally think it is the most somber day of the year. A day when all the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom are remembered.”
A special recognition of all Vietnam veterans was highlighted by Tom Mix, Army Retired, who reminded us of the tremendous toll the war took on our country and our families, by reading a list of statistics from the war. Did you know that 61% of the men killed were 21 or younger, 7,484 women served in Vietnam, 2,595,000 personnel served within the borders of South Vietnam from Jan1, 1965 – March 28, 1973, 76% of the men sent to Vietnam were from lower middle/working class backgrounds, 75,000 were severely disabled, and 5,283 lost at least one limb.
Names of over 100 Vietnam veterans living in the Mebane area were listed on the program. American Legion Post 95 Commander Dick Holt was the master of ceremonies.