2011-05-26 / Front Page

County Memorial Day Services Set

Observances at Union Cemetery, cour thouse, elsewhere
By Lindsay R. Mellott

A Fulton County man retired from the U.S. Marine Corps with 26 years of service will give the address at a 10 a.m. Memorial Day observance this Monday at Union Cemetery in Ayr Township.

Lt. Col. George C. Cutchall will speak at the morning service, which is the first of two planned jointly by American Legion Post 561 and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 655. The second observance takes place at the county courthouse in McConnellsburg immediately following the Union Cemetery service.

Memorial Day commemorates U.S. soldiers who died while in military service. A federal holiday, it was enacted to honor Union and Confederate soldiers following the American Civil War and extended after World War I to honor Americans who have died in all wars.

Col. Cutchall was born at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., and enlisted in the Marine Corps in February 1971. He was commissioned as a second lieutenant on June 7, 1974.

Before taking command of the 8th Engineer Support Battalion, Cutchall served with 2nd Marine Division, 3rd Marine Division, Marine Corps Education and Development Command, Minefield Maintenance GTMO, I MEF, III MEF and USA COM.

Among Cutchall’s military service awards are the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with gold star, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars, Navy Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Ribbon and numerous unit awards.

Cutchall earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Mount St. Mary’s College. He is the father of one son and lives in Licking Creek. He retired from the Marine Corps in August 1996.

Following Cutchall’s remarks, the American Legion, VFW, their auxiliaries and the Sons of the American Legion will present memorial wreaths, the decoration of veterans graves will take place, and the Fulton Honor Guard will salute departed comrades.

McConnellsburg High School Spartan Band will perform patriotic music, “Taps” and the national anthem at both Union Cemetery and the courthouse observances.

The Memorial Day observance in McConnellsburg begins around 11:30 a.m. at the courthouse and includes the decoration of veterans graves, a presentation of memorial wreaths, a salute to departed comrades, remarks and prayers.

Refreshments will be served at the American Legion, 411 North Fifth St., following the McConnellsburg ceremony.

Memorial Day observances elsewhere

The 67th annual Memorial Day services take place at Wells Valley United Methodist Church on May 30 at 11:00 a.m. Scheduled speaker is William Hine. Readings and musical selections from members of the surrounding community. A light luncheon will follow the service.

Annual Memorial Day services for Buck Valley will be held Sunday, May 29, beginning at Buck Valley Christian Church at 9:00 a.m., proceeding to Hendershot Cemetery, then to Amaranth Brethren Church, then to the Lutheran Church and ending at the Methodist Church, with a service starting at 11 a.m. that features a special showing of pictures and slides by 1st Sgt. Billy Ward, U.S. Army, Retired.

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