YORK -- Don't expect to hear a general sharing war stories at this year's Memorial Day service at Lakeview Memory Gardens.
Event organizers decided to take a different approach and let civilians tell what Memorial Day means to them and how much they appreciate what soldiers do.
"Hopefully we're going to be able to draw more people by having this little three speaker thing I came up with," said T.J. Martin, a veteran and event organizer. "It may be a flop."
But probably not.
Wallace Tinsley, pastor of Filbert Presbyterian Church is going to talk about his father who served in World War II.
"He was taken captive of the German Army just immediately before the Battle of the Bulge and was on the death march," Tinsley said.
For Tinsley, Memorial Day is a chance to honor his dad and others who served.
"It's remembering those who have gone before, who have served and sacrificed their lives, but it's also a thanksgiving to the Lord for his protection," he said.
The York Comprehensive High School band is going to perform as well as local color and honor guards. The Fort Mill Post 43 will give a 21-gun salute. Flags for the five branches of service will be presented and those gathered will sing the National Anthem.
"We've got some good, outstanding people involved," Martin said.
Like every year, someone will read the names of the people who have been killed in battle in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
"We got three people up there that's died in Iraq so far on that monument," Martin said. "I hope we don't have another one."
The York County Memorial Service will be 4 p.m. Sunday at Lakeview Memory Gardens at 1774 U.S. 321 N. between York and Clover. For information, call T.J. Martin at 684-4367.
American Legion members will be giving away poppy pins and taking donations for veterans and their families at the York Wal-Mart Saturday. The poppy became a popular symbol to honor veterans after the poem "In Flanders Field" by Canadian Lt. Col. John McCrae was published.
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