Fallen, but not forgotten, heroes: Blackville

A field of white crosses adorned with American flags stand in line marking those lost in war.

Each year, communities across the nation come together to remember and honor those who have fought for freedom and in doing so paid the ultimate price.

This year was no different.

Residents from the young to those who have celebrated many Memorial Days came together at their own Flanders Field in Blackville May 25 to honor those lost.

State and local elected officials were on hand to honor those soldiers.

S.C. Rep. Lonnie Hosey was the speaker for the service.

Hosey said there were traditional things to say at a services like this one but there were always "new lives added to it."

Hosey read passages from the Bible that detailed war and its meaning.

"War is all around us," he said. "War means defending your freedom. This day is sacred knowing what war is."

"The ultimate sacrifice is still being paid," Hosey said.

Hosey referred to ‘My Country Tis of Thee', which had been sung during the service, saying those words meant so much to him because he was a soldier himself.

The service also included a tribute to Charlie McCormick who Hosey said was a "dear friend."

Patty Frost, McCormick's daughter, spoke of her father's service to the country, saying he was drafted into the Army in 1951.

Frost said her father erected a full size American flag at his own father's grave, who had also served in the military.

Frost said she helped her father replace the flag for the last time in April 2008.

Frost's father died in July 2008.

Frost said, "He lies were the flag flies."

After the service inside, attendees met at Flander's Field next door for the laying of the wreath by Joan McDonald.

The Rev. Billy Mew ended the service with a prayer.

The observance service was held by the American Legion Post 91 of Blackville.