Sumner Hall, Grand Army of the Republic Post 25, hosted a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at Memorial Park in Chestertown on Monday. Approximately 40 people gathered at the event under clear sunny skies to remember those who gave their lives on behalf of our country.
The event’s message was to inspire our efforts to ensure equal treatment under the law to honor that sacrifice to protect that fundamental right.
Sumner Hall president Larry Wilson, a Navy veteran, led the program. Members of Youth of Minary’s Dream, Paul A. Tue, IV, and Operation GLOW, Aniyah Tue and Amiya Potts, presented a reading of Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address.
GLOW stands for Girls Learning Own Worth. The program is focused on helping girls from 5th to 10th grade focus on self-worth. For more details, contact Eboni Taylor-Tue at email@example.com.
That was followed by a reading of Langston Hughes’ The Colored Soldier by members of Youth of Rising Sons, Jysir Valentine and Jonah Somerville. Youth of Rising Sons is a local young mens’ mentoring program. For more details, contact Harold Somerville at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bob Ingersoll, past president of Sumner Hall and a Navy veteran gave the keynote remarks focused on the history of inequality that African American soldiers returning from American wars abroad faced when they returned back home from conflict, particularly in the courts of law. Equal treatment under the law should not be based “on your attorney’s innate ability to obfuscate.”
“We have to promise to work harder every day” to actively promote equal justice under the law, Ingersoll told the audience.
Yvette Hynson, Sumner Hall treasurer, provided a moving presentation of John Newton’s Amazing Grace. The audience then joined with Hynson in singing James Weldon Johnson’s Lift Every Voice and Sing.
The program closed with a prayer offered by Larry Wilson.