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Ceremonies to honor Memorial Day set
Residents and visitors to Brunswick and the Golden Isles will have several opportunities to remember those who gave their lives in service of the nation during Memorial Day events planned Monday.

Retired U.S. Marine Jerry Schueneman said the annual Taps at Twilight ceremony, organized by the Rotary Club of St. Simons Island, will be extra special this year.

Starting at 6:45 p.m., two civilian planes will fly over Neptune Park on St. Simons Island to honor retired Marine Maj. Gen. Larry Taylor, the event's featured speaker. Music will begin at 7 p.m. and the national anthem will kick off the wreath laying ceremony at 7:30 p.m.

Wreaths will be placed by Taylor, retired Air Force Gen. Clint Winne and retired Navy Cmdr. Millard Allen. Following the wreath ceremony, all five military hymns will be played to recognize those who served.

"Taps" will be played as the sun sets, and the flag is lowered.

Earlier in the day, the Veterans Council of the Golden Isles will present its annual Memorial Day event at 10:30 a.m. at the war memorials on the G Street side of the old Glynn County Courthouse in downtown Brunswick.

The council's chairman, Joe Connolly, will serve as master of ceremony, and featured speakers will include Marine Lt. Col. Kevin Moody, commanding officer of Marine Corps Security Force Battalion at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay. Wreaths will be placed at the memorial by 15 area organizations to honor those who died in service of the country.

Vietnam War veteran Robert Gibbons will be presented the council's annual award for outstanding military and community service by a veteran. "Taps" will be played at the end of the program.

In Camden County, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held 10 a.m. Monday beginning at Oak Grove Cemetery in downtown St. Marys. Those attending will walk to Howard Gilman Memorial Park where bells will ring in honor of fallen war heroes and veterans.

A lost boat ceremony also is planned. The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fleet Reserve and Submarine Veterans are hosting.

* Reporter Michael Hall writes about public safety, environment and other local topics. Contact him at or at 265-8320, ext. 320.

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