Memorial Day observed in Holden Beach

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By Staff Brunswick Beacon

HOLDEN BEACH—Those who lost their lives in war were remembered here Monday during the VFW Post 8866 annual ceremony.

Post and auxiliary members placed flowers on a memorial wreath, honoring their memories, and guest speakers Anita Hartsell and Howie Franklin paid tribute to their sacrifices while also honoring the veterans who attended the ceremony.

“You are the cornerstone of our country,” Franklin said.

Franklin, now the manager of the Brunswick County Airport, served as head flight steward on Air Force 1 under five presidents, Gerald Ford, Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, George Bush and Bill Clinton.

He talked about getting to know the presidents personally and enjoying their company, giving anecdotes about his experiences with them, such as having to wake up Clinton after he only received two hours sleep and Reagan being a kind gentleman who was no different “behind the scenes” than he was in front of the camera.

Hartsell, director of Brunswick County Veterans Services, said the department provides assistance to veterans and those left behind on navigating the bureaucracy of the Veterans Administration so they can obtain the benefits to which they’re entitled.

sarah shew wilson is a staff writer for the Beacon. Reach her at 754-6890 or swilson@brunswickbeacon.com.