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Honor and Sacrifice on Display in May's Special Program

By: Dylan Bowman, HAHS Board Member

May 30, 2023

Records of Remembrance

With Memorial Day having been right around the corner and now past, May's Special Program was a real treat for the Halifax community.

Under the vision of HAHS special event curator, Danean Walker, and museum curator, Bob Warfel, the Historical Society was able to produce a thorough display of those Halifaxians who gave the last full measure of devotion.

Extensive records on all known Halifax veterans were available for public viewing, as were several newspapers that displayed monumental moments in national and world history, including the 1941 bombing of Pearl Harbor, the attacks of 9/11, the assassination of President Kennedy and the surrender of Germany in World War II (V-E Day).

(Top) Richard "Dick" Newton Lyter, a Vietnam veteran (served from November 1963 to November 1969) stands with his old dress uniform, now a piece in the HAHS Museum. Photo by Dylan Bowman

(Bottom) Veterans from the Vietnam Era discuss their experiences in wartime and friends that did not make it home. Photos by Dylan Bowman

Community Turnout

The special program brought out a total of 22 community members. Though this was a drop in regular turnout due to many families being out of town for the holiday, many of those who did stop by were new visitors to the society and enjoyed the display wholeheartedly.

This was a pleasant surprise to be sure, and a great deal of connection and storytelling took place within the congregation present. With so many memories and stories to tell from the Halifax area and those that live therein, it is certainly true that those that sacrificed their lives for our country are not forgotten.

Halifax community members connect over their love of country, history, and remembrance of the fallen. Photos by Dylan Bowman

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