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Enterprise begins Memorial Day tradition

By Staff
REMEMBERING THE MILITARY Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Byron Brown plants a flag at a veteran's gravesite Saturday before the beginning of the Enterprise Woman's Club Memorial Day observance. Photo by Paula Merritt / The Meridian Star.
By Georgia E. Frye / staff writer
May 25, 2003
Margaret Buckley said she and other members of the Enterprise Woman's Club wanted to do their part to honor the living and the dead on Memorial Day.
This year's Memorial Day ceremony was the first of its kind and was sponsored by the Enterprise's Woman's Club. The event, which drew about 50 people, was held Saturday in the Enterprise Cemetery.
Buckley said the club's main focus is volunteer work. They put American flags on the graves of each veteran in the cemetery, and they also donate books to local schools, provide scholarships and raise money for the town of Enterprise.
Saturday's program included a short speech by the mayor of Enterprise, Larry Murray. He thanked Woman's Club members for all they have done to improve the community and for hosting the event.
He also announced that the town of Enterprise will soon have a new fire truck and fire station.
Harriet Simmons, reverend at St. Mary's Episcopal Church, read a poem called "Memorial Day" about those who have fallen in wars.
In it, she read, "They died for all of mankind."
Brenda Lord, president of the Woman's Club, said the organization has been around since the 1930s.
Lord's husband, Tom, said the group is planning a memorial service for Confederate soldiers in April. He said a tablet will be erected in the Confederate section of the cemetery that will list the name of each soldier.
Lord said the Confederate cemetery is one of few in the state.