Rockford Memorial Day service slated for May 24

Staff Report

May 8, 2014

The annual Rockford Memorial Day Service will be held on May 24, 2014 at 3 p.m. at the Rockford Methodist Church in the Historic Village of Rockford.

This year’s program entitled “Robert E. Lee: The Autumn of His Life” will be presented by Billy Yeargin, Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. The program is free and open to the public.

“Robert E Lee: The Autumn of His Life” will take the audience on a personal journey with Lee, a man of character and spiritual dedication, as he took his place in American culture and history, a place where he was afforded the opportunity to address his passion of nurturing the reconciliation and growth of others,” said Yeargin. “While the greater part of Robert E. Lee’s adult life was spent in military pursuits, Lee chose to spend his final years developing the minds, character, and strength of young students as President of Washington College, a small campus in Lexington, Virginia.

Yeargin indicated he feels the dedication Lee displayed as the leader of a growing collection of aspiring students, from both north and south, spoke louder, stronger, and certainly much longer, toward assuring a proud future for a wounded American society.

This program is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Refreshments will be provided. The program will continue in the Rockford cemetery where flags will be placed on soldiers’ graves.

The Rockford Memorial Day Service is sponsored by The Rockford Preservation Society, Inc., a non-profit organization. Donations to support the Society’s restoration efforts will be accepted and appreciated.