memorial day

Veterans give the salute while the national anthem is sung at the 2019 Panola County Memorial Day event.

Panola County will observe Memorial Day with an outdoor ceremony on Monday, May 25 while area governments, schools and other organizations will be closed for the holiday.

Memorial Day Event

Panola County military veterans will lead the observance of Memorial Day on May 25 at 11:30 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial located next to the Panola County Historical and Genealogical Association at 213 N. Shelby St. near the downtown square in Carthage.

Panola County Judge LeeAnn Jones consulted with state officials to authorize the outdoor ceremony as long as social distancing is observed. Seating will be set up for social distancing.

Dick Shawver, incoming commander of the Texas Department of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, will be the guest speaker. Linda Kimberly will sing the National Anthem and “America the Beautiful.” Members of the local American Heritage Girls will read the names of Panola County war heroes who gave their lives in the nation’s defense. Retired Air Force veterans Ben Sepaugh and Frank Sepaugh will place a wreath in remembrance of these heroes.

The Rev. Kevin Otto, pastor of First United Methodist Church in Carthage, will deliver the opening and closing prayers, and the Rev. Kirby Hill, pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Carthage, will perform “Taps.”

Panola County Veteran Service Officer William Morris will lead the Pledge of Allegiance, and the colors will be posted by the Panola County Sheriff’s Honor Guard. The ceremony will conclude at noon with the raising of the American Flag to full staff.

The annual ceremony is jointly sponsored by VFW Post 5620, American Legion Post 353, American Legion Post 151 and the Panola County Historical and Genealogical Association.

What’s Closed?

The Panola County courthouse, area post offices, Carthage City Hall, Beckville City Hall, Gary City Hall and the Sammy Brown Library will be closed Monday, May 25.

The City of Carthage trash schedule will remain the same as usual.

Carthage ISD, Beckville ISD, Panola Charter Schols and Panola College will close their offices for Memorial Day.

Panola Watchman Offices

The Panola Watchman office will be closed on Monday. Subscribers who have a question about their account should contact Customer Service at (903) 237-7777. All other business will be handled when the Watchman office re-opens.