The Newington Heritage Society’s second annual Veterans Day Celebration was a dedication for the Newington Veterans Memorial Mural. With a crowd of 80 people, the celebration on November 6TH began at 3:00 pm with a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter fly-over and a U.S. Marines Corps Color Guard accompanied by two drummers from Screven County High School.
Reverend Aaron Webb of Newington Baptist Church opened the ceremony with an invocation. Reverend Karen Zeagler of Newington Methodist Church introduced Mrs. Betty Robarts, 93, a World War II Naval Intelligence veteran who led the Pledge of Allegiance. Kevin Rountree, an U.S. Air Force Veteran led everyone in the National Anthem, and Lucy Teston interpreted “America the Beautiful” with sign language while the crowd sang.
Phil Martin from the Veterans of Foreign Wars introduced the speaker Army Master Sergeant (Retired) Earl Culver, a Screven County native. Culver spoke on the importance God and Country.
A medley of the Armed Forces Anthems played as veterans of each branch stood for their song. Nancy Brannen gave a brief history of American wars from WWII until today which honored the veterans of each conflict with a song from that time. The Celebration closed with everyone singing “God Bless America”.
The Newington Veterans Memorial Mural is dedicated to all veterans past, present, and future, and it can be seen on the wall of the old bank building at Hwy. 24 and Hwy. 21 in Newington.