By MIRANDA BAINES
THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
Memorial Day is an occasion to pause and remember service men and women who have sacrificed their lives in the call of duty. “A Moment of Remembrance” is planned for two locations in Tarboro at 3 p.m. Monday – the Town Common and Piggly Wiggly Supermarket on North Main.
“We just stop on Memorial Day at 3 in the afternoon for a moment of silence. I ask employees and customers alike to stop,” said Kenny Honeycutt, owner of Piggly Wiggly. “We play a recorded version of ‘Taps,’ I say a short prayer, and we move on.”
The Piggly Wiggly store has participated in the nationwide moment of remembrance for at least seven years. To Honeycutt, stopping for a few moments to remind oneself of the sacrifices of fellow Americans is a “small thing.”
“Our freedom is precious and we know that many Americans have paid the ultimate sacrifice in order to ensure that freedom and ensure that it continues,” Honeycutt said.
The veterans’ memorial on the Town Common will be the site of a brief ceremony conducted by The Pilot Club.
“It’s just a pause to remind us what Memorial Day is all about,” said Marcia Cherry, patriotism chair for The Pilot Club. “To me, it is a way to honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. They’re protecting freedoms that we take for granted every day.”
At the ceremony, a member of The Pilot Club will read the statistics of the number of Americans who have died in wars while serving their country. Edgecombe County casualties will be included in those statistics. The ceremony will also include a moment of silence. Tim Boyd, a cadet in the Tarboro High School Air Force JROTC, will play “Taps,” as well.
“Edgecombe County, to me, is a very patriotic county – the veterans’ memorial, the veterans’ museum, the monthly flag raising, and The Pilot Club does a Memorial Day and a Veterans’ Day service,” Cherry said. “To me, that says a lot about where the hearts of our citizens are.”
President Bill Clinton signed the National Day of Remembrance Act in December 2000, designating 3 p.m. as the official moment of remembrance for “the men and women of the United States who died in the pursuit of freedom and peace.”