The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC


October 5, 2011


WWII veteran honored at ceremony

TARBORO — Private First Class James Mark Forbes, a U.S. Army veteran of WWII, was honored Monday during the 106th monthly memorial flag-raising ceremony.

The service was sponsored by the Tarboro Golden Kiwanis at the Veterans Memorial on the Tarboro Town Common.

The flag-raising ceremonies are held to honor deceased Edgecombe veterans and other local veterans.

Forbes' American flag will be flown over the Veterans Memorial for the month of October. Memorabilia from his legacy is also put on display for the month in the Edgecombe County Veterans Museum at 106 W. Church St. in Tarboro.

The Tarboro High School JROTC cadets under the direction of Senior Master Sgt. Steve Alderman handled the flag detail.

Richard “Dickie” Forbes spoke in honor of his father.

“Daddy worked a lot with his hands, he was very meticulous about the work that he had done," said Forbes. "There is one thing that I’ll always remember from what he taught us. He said, ‘Whatever you do, do it right for the person you’re doing it for.

"'That’s the least you can do to give them the best that you have.’”

Forbes was born Aug. 22, 1923, and died May 18, 1988. He was called into service on April 6, 1943, and served in the combat infantry as an ammunitions bearer in Italy.

Forbes received the American Theatre Campaign medal, the Good Conduct medal, the Victory medal and the Purple Heart during his service.

On the third Monday of each month, there is also a similar service that is held at the Veteran’s Memorial in Rocky Mount. The service is located across the Imperial Center in downtown Rocky Mount at 11 a.m.

The public is invited to attend memorial services in both Tarboro and Rocky Mount.  



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