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Fallen servicemen remembered

No passing trains. No babies crying. Even the birds were silent as a lone bugler played taps Monday at the Lincoln County Veterans Memorial.

More than 100 people — including several World War II veterans — attended the annual remembrance ceremony Monday morning at the memorial in front of the Lincoln County-Brookhaven Government Complex.

The 20-minute ceremony, organized by members of the VFW Capt. Danny Day Entrican Post 2618, featured the reading of the names of the fallen by Tommy Allison, post adjutant/quartermaster. Post Commander Greg Marlow said it’s important to read the names of those from Lincoln County who died serving their country because it celebrates their lives and keeps their names alive.

Ninety-nine names were read — 15 from WWI, 70 from WWII, six from the Korean War and eight from the Vietnam War.

VFW Senior Vice Commander Ken Powell introduced Hannah Henderson, a recent homeschooled high school graduate who has won the post’s Voice of Democracy essay contest for three years. She also placed second in the state in 2017 and earned $3,500 in scholarships through her wins.

“To say that she’s represented her family, the community and her generation in an outstanding manner is an understatement,” Powell said. “Indeed, for me, it’s in getting to know young people such as Hannah that my faith in our country’s future is renewed and solidified.

“In her essays over the past three years, she’s conveyed a patriotic spirit, a sense of appreciation for the sacrifices that have afforded her the freedoms she enjoys and a devotion to preserving the memory of all the men and women who made those sacrifices and a commitment to the ideals that have made America the greatest nation on earth.”

Powell is encouraged about the future leadership when he meets students like Henderson.

“With young people like Hannah leading the way our country will be in good hands,” he said.

Henderson presented her latest winning essay, “Why My Vote Matters.”

“Every single vote matters,” she said.

As an example, she told of a tight Senate race in New Hampshire in 1974 that was determined by two votes.

“Two votes. Just two votes determined who went to Washington, D.C., as a senator. Those two votes out of more than 200,000 votes cast made all the difference,” she said.

Henderson, of Wesson, spoke of her own desire to register to vote when she turned 18. She visited the Copiah County Circuit Clerk’s office.

“The secretary gave me a form to fill out and just like that, I was a registered voter,” she said. “Why was I so eager to do that? Why does my vote matter? Your voice always matters. Your vote is your voice. Speak up.”