Attendees mingle near the new veterans memorials in Landrum. (photo by Anne Regan)

Landrum’s VFW Post commemorates war memorials

Published 5:52pm Monday, January 14, 2013

“I have created war memorials for Landrum, Inman, Lyman, Greer and Columbus,” said owner Bruce Clayton.

The outdoor event was followed by a private luncheon at the Southside Smokehouse Grill. Five honorees and WWII veterans, Raymond Copeland, Jack Stone, Fred Fisher, Leo Tarpley and Dever Little seated at the head table, shared memories and war stories.

The post also recognized all the support they received from O.P. Earle teachers for past veterans programs. They presented plaques to Bessie Fisher (retired) who started the school’s Veterans Day program, media specialist Debbie Belue and eighth grade teacher Jackie Putnam.

O.P. Earle Principle Brian Murray said he was honored to see his school’s patriotism recognized.

“I’m proud to accept this award,” Murray said. “I have memories of my father’s service.”

Other special guests included James McClure, who was awarded the Purple Heart for his Army service in Vietnam and Spartanburg County Veterans Affairs Officer Greg Walker.

“I’m honored to attend today. I’m always available for assistance,” he said.

Charles Moore, along with the members and their families of Post 4873 hope for years to come area residents will have a special place to visit to remember and honor the dead and those lost.

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