Purcellville held its annual Memorial Day Service at 11:45 in the morning on Monday, May 29. The two-part service consisted of an invocation and some brief remarks at the Town Hall, followed by a wreath laying ceremony, artwork presentation, three-volley salute and flag-raising at the teardrop intersection in the center of town.
Memorial service attendees walk from the first part of the ceremony at Town Hall to the second phase at the teardrop intersection.
A crowd gathers for the laying of the Local Hero Wreaths.
The Local Hero Wreaths were placed to honor Purcellville’s fallen: Christopher Neiberger, James McIlvaine, Stephan Mace, Michael Quin, and Todd Thomson.
“The Tear Drop”, a painting by local artist Steve Welsh, was presented at the ceremony. The artwork’s title is a reference to both the geographical shape of the grassy island in the center of town, and to the tears the town sheds for its fallen dead.
Final volley, followed by the playing of “Taps” courtesy of Band Director Rick Reaves.
Bagpipe player Jonathan Chambers played for the congregants as they walked towards the center of town.