City to host Memorial Day program

Josh Presley
News Reporter

The City of West Point will host a Memorial Day recognition program at noon on Monday in the upstairs conference room at City Hall.
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the city normally observed the holiday on its traditional date of May 30, though this year the federal holiday falls on the traditional date.
The Uniform Monday Holiday Act of 1968 moved four holidays, including Memorial Day, from their traditional dates to a specified Monday to create a convenient three-day weekend.
The program will feature a video with the name of each Clay County resident who'd served in the U.S. Armed Forces, with special recognition for those who'd died in active service.
"We try to maintain records on those that died since World War I," Jones said. "All of them are inducted into the West Point Hall of Fame, and we give the families a plaque."
He said 1,545 West Point and Clay County servicemen had died since World War I, with 74 having died in conflict, and 40 names having been added since last year.
He said the program is meant to not only honor deceased soldiers, but stimulate patriotism in the community.