Remembering what the day is all about ...

That is the focus of the guest presentation at Monday’s annual Navarro County Memorial Day ceremony, taking place at 11 a.m. on the northwest corner of the Navarro County Courthouse next to the Navarro County War Memorial.

Army Staff Sgt. Gary A. Vaughan, who heads up the local Army recruiting office, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony. Vaughan has served 13 years in the military, including tours of duty in Bosnia in 1999, Kosovo in 2001 and most recently as a tank commander with the 4th Infantry Division as part of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2003. He took command of the Corsicana recruiting office in October, 2005.

Vaughan has received a number of awards for his service, including the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, NATO Service Medal, Iraqi Service Medal, Bronze Star Medal with Valor Device, Army Achievement Medal with seven Oak Leaf Clusters and Army Commendation Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters.

“I’ll be speaking about the significance of Memorial Day and remembering those who have allowed us to have the kind of security we have today,” Vaughan said.

His presentation will include a memory of his grandfather, Navy veteran Gene Kensinger, who was aboard the USS California when Pearl Harbor was attacked in World War II.

Jackie Farmer, Veteran’s Affairs officer, is heading up the event. Also taking part in Monday’s ceremony will be the Heaven Bound choir from Northside Baptist Church, the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department Honor Guard and Les Grayson, who will play “Taps.”

Rev. Ferman Carpenter of Westhill Church of Christ and Dr. Rick Lamb from Northside Baptist Church will also take part in the ceremony.


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